Sam Darnold
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Geoff Magliocchetti

Sam Darnold’s first touchdown pass to a New York Jets receiver was among his first opportunities downfield, finding Robby Anderson from 41 yards out.

What a difference a quarter makes.

New York Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold is showing it’s not about how you start, but how you finish, as the freshman has flourished since opening the game with an interception returned for a touchdown.

He put in his first score as a Jet with a 41-yard touchdown toss to Robby Anderson, putting the Jets up 17-7 towards the end of the first half against the Detroit Lions.

Anderson wrestled the ball away from Lions safety Tavon Wilson to earn the score, his first of the young season.

A social media scene that was tearing Darnold apart after the opening disaster changed its tune after that long, perfectly-placed throw from the rookie.

After the interception, Darnold posted strong first half numbers, going 11-for-14 for 122 yards and the Anderson touchdown in the first 30 minutes of his NFL career.

The Jets lead the Lions 17-10 at halftime.