New York Jets Sam Darnold
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The nightmares of New York Jets fans everywhere came to horrifying life on Monday, as Sam Darnold’s first play ended in a Detroit disaster.

The good news for New York Jets fans is that Sam Darnold threw a touchdown pass on his very first NFL play. The bad news is that it led to the Detroit Lions scoring.

On the first play of his NFL career, Darnold’s ill-advised pass across his body was taken by Detroit cornerback Quandre Diggs, the fourth-year defender taking it back 37 yards for the opening score. It was the first career touchdown of Diggs’ career, as well as his fourth interception.

The opening turnover caused plenty of reaction on social media, as media personalities and Jets fans alike dealt with the heartbreaking development.


Darnold’s drive went slightly better, leading the team into Detroit territory, but he got another NFL first out of the way, the drive ending with the USC alum being wrapped up by Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah. He did, however, also earn his first NFL completion, finding tight end Neal Sterling for 12 yards.

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