DETROIT — Mark Sanchez found his target when it mattered.
Sanchez threw a 52-yard pass to Santonio Holmes to set up Nick Folk 's 30-yard field goal, lifting the New York Jets to a 23-20 overtime win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Sanchez scored on a quarterback sneak with 2:46 left in regulation and led a nine-play drive that set up Folk's 36-yard kick to send the game into OT.
Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score to give Detroit a 10-point lead before re-injuring his right shoulder and leaving the game with 5:19 left.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz gave Sanchez extra time to work with on the game-tying drive when he called a pass on third down and Drew Stanton threw an incompletion, giving the Jets the ball with 1:40 left.
The Jets (6-2) took advantage against the Lions (2-6) at Ford Field.
In a matchup of first-round quarterbacks from last year's draft, Sanchez came out on top and Stafford couldn't stay on the field.
Sanchez was 22 of 39 for a career-high 323 yards with one TD — a 74-yard, go-ahead pass to Braylon Edwards with a minute left in the first half — and one interception. Holmes caught five passes for 114 yards. LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene combined for 101 yards rushing.
Stafford was 20 of 36 for 240 yards with two TDs, no interceptions, and a rushing score. Calvin Johnson was held to 1 reception for 13 yards, getting shut down by All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis. Nate Burleson had seven catches for 113 yards and a score.
The Lions looked like they were going to win a third game this season — to surpass the victories they had the past two years combined — when Stafford lobbed a 2-yard TD to Burleson with 11:51 left.
But they couldn't overcome Stafford hurting his shoulder or Schwartz's questionable call to pass instead of run to take more time off the clock when the Jets were out of timeouts. Stafford separated his throwing shoulder in the opener and didn't play until last week.
New York, which was shut out at home last week by Green Bay, didn't score in the first or third quarters at Detroit.
Sanchez was simply lackluster at times, missing receivers with high and wide passes.
He and the Jets, though, were explosive enough to score 10 points in the last 2:46 and on the opening drive of OT.
Detroit got off to a good start and led for much of the game, but couldn't make enough winning plays on both sides of the ball to snap New York's seven-game winning streak on the road.
Stafford connected with Brandon Pettigrew for a 10-yard TD on the first drive against a team that had given up three points in the first quarter of its first seven games.
A missed extra point proved to be costly for Detroit.
Rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, filling in for injured kicker Jason Hanson, hit the right upright on an extra point in the third quarter when the Lions led 13-10.
The Jets would've been more aggressive if they needed a TD on the final drive of regulation, but they only needed three points to force the game into overtime against a backup quarterback.