The Jets trailed 20-10 in the fourth quarter before Mark Sanchez rallied them with a 1-yard TD run and then drove them into Detroit territory again as time was running out in regulation.
Folk's 36-yard yard boot as time expired sent the contest into overtime. New York (6-2) won the coin toss and Sanchez quickly connected with Santonio Holmes on a 52-yard pass to set up Folk's winning field goal.
The Lions' Matthew Stafford tossed for 240 yards and collected a pair of touchdowns for Detroit (2-6) before leaving the game with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.
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