Sam Darnold started his NFL career in perhaps the most Jets way possible: with a pick-six.
Darnold's first NFL pass attempt was picked off by Lions cornerback Quandre Diggs and returned 37 yards for a touchdown.
Darnold scrambled out of the pocket and threw a cross-field pass attempted for running back Bilal Powell, but Diggs jumped the route and ran into the end zone to give Detroit a quick 7-0 lead.
The 21-year-old Darnold, the youngest quarterback to start a season-opener since the AFL-NFL merger, isn't the first player to start his career with a pick-six. Brett Favre did so in 1991 and Jameis Winston's first pass was also intercepted and returned for a touchdown in 2015.
After the Jets and Lions traded punts on the ensuing drives, Darnold led the Jets to a five-play, 32-yard drive capped by a 6-yard Isaiah Crowell rushing touchdown.