Early in the fourth quarter, Patriots defensive tackle Chris Jones hit Smith's knee while the quarterback was attempting a pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland. Smith was looked at by the trainers and left the game briefly before returning.
"Just a low hit," Smith told reporters after the game. "I felt some pain in my knee, but thank God it went away and I was able to get back to it."
Smith led New York on an 86-yard touchdown drive after returning to the game, which cut the New England's lead to two. New York’s potential game-winning field goal attempt was blocked by Jones to preserve the win.
Smith completed 20-of-34 passes for 226 yards and one touchdown in the game. He also had seven rushes for 37 yards, and had his best quarterback passing rating since Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders. It was the first game this season where he did not turn the ball over.
Smith said doesn’t need any treatment or and MRI for the knee.
"No," he said. "I'm fine.”
This season, Smith has completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,365 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. His 72.5 quarterback rating ranks 32nd out of 33 qualifying quarterbacks this season.
The Jets' (1-6) next game is against the Buffalo Bills at home on Oct. 26.
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