After Smith threw a touchdown to tight end Jeff Cumberland to pull within two points with 2:31 remaining, the Jets tried to tie the game on a two-point conversion. Smith threw a pass to rookie tight end Jace Amaro, but it was out of reach.
"Jace did a great job of getting open," Smith said. "I've got to give him a better ball. That's completely on me. He ran a great route and I didn't give him a good enough ball."
Amaro, who finished the game with three catches for 22 yards, said he saw the ball coming too late to make a play on it.
"It was supposed to be coming around, over the shoulder," Amaro said of the pass. "When I looked around, I saw the ball coming. I just tried to hit it with one hand to see if I could do something with it. Just missed it. [It was a] couple of inches away."
"Maybe if I got my head turned around quicker, but I'm taught to look up in the air. I didn't see the ball until it was almost parallel with my face."
The Jets forced the Patriots into a three-and-out to get the ball back with a little more than a minute remaining, but Nick Folk's game-winning field goal attempt was blocked as the clock expired.
Smith completed 20 of 24 passes for 226 yards and one touchdown. After seven interceptions in the first six games of the season, he did not throw a pick for the first time this year.
New York has lost six straight games since winning its season opener. The Jets host the Buffalo Bills in Week 8.
- Paul Palladino