Folk kicked a 36-yard field goal on the final play of the fourth quarter and won it with a 30-yard boot in overtime.
The Jets trailed 20-10 before Mark Sanchez scored on a one-yard run with 2:46 left in the fourth quarter, then got the ball back after a Lions punt soon after and drove for Folk’s game-tying kick.
New York won the toss to start overtime and Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes with a 52-yard pass to set up Folk’s winning field goal, as the Jets (6-2) bounced back after a 9-0 loss to Green Bay last Sunday.
Matthew Stafford threw for 240 yards with a pair of touchdowns for Detroit (2-6) before leaving the contest with an apparent shoulder injury.Sanchez ended up 22-of-39 for 323 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.
The Jets overcame five fumbles, an interception and 11 penalties to defeat the 2-6 Lions.