This game got off to a perfect start for the Lions. Detroit got the ball first and marched down the field with an 11-play, 80-yard drive. They converted a few third downs along the way and also got some help from Jets penalties. Eventually, Matthew Stafford found Brandon Pettigrew for a 10-yard touchdown pass to give the Lions an early 7-0 lead.
After this drive, the game turned into a defensive struggle. The defenses for both teams were dominating the action, with Mark Sanchez not being able to pass and the Lions not being able to run. As a result, there were eight straight drives that ended in punts before the Jets finally put something together and got a field goal to cut the lead down to 7-3.
After another Lions punt, the Jets got the ball back and got a huge play. On third and nine, Sanchez had plenty of time and threw a bomb downfield to Braylon Edwards. Detroit's Alphonso Smith was right there, but he missed tipping the ball by an inch or two. Edwards made the catch and ran into the end zone untouched for a 74-yard touchdown, giving the Jets a 10-7 lead with about a minute left in the half.
The Lions weren't able to put any more points on the board in the final minutes, so New York leads by a score of 10-7 at halftime.