“That was huge,” Smith said.
Smith, who threw three fourth-quarter interceptions in a Week 2 loss at New England, was 17-of-33 for 233 yards. He had a first-quarter interception returned 79 yards for a touchdown by rookie Logan Ryan that appeared to set the tone for an ominous afternoon for Smith.
Smith rebounded and gave the Jets a 24-21 lead in the third quarter on an 8-yard run that left the crowd chanting “GEE-NO! GEE-NO!”
“I’m never going to crumble,” Smith said. “No matter what happens. You know, that’s just not in me.”
On third-and-14 from the 24, Smith took off left and was met by Marquice Cole, who slammed into the quarterback. But Smith reached out as he was going down and got the first down.
He again had all receivers tied up two plays later when he sprinted to his right, faked out Cole with a nice shake move and dived into the corner of the end zone.
The Jets, in a 21-10 hole, opened the second half by immediately putting pressure on Brady and getting a score out of it. Brady threw for Gronkowski and Allen stepped in front. He did a diving somersault into the end zone just 33 seconds into the third quarter.
Stevan Ridley had given the Patriots a 21-10 lead with a 17-yard run on which he bounced outside right tackle and scored untouched. The drive was set up by a 38-yard punt return by Julian Edelman.
??Brandon Bolden had a 1-yard TD run for the Patriots.
??Kerley caught eight passes, six of them for first downs on third-down plays.
??Chris Jones and Chandler Jones each had two sacks for the Patriots.
??Logan Ryan’s INT marked the 34th straight game in which New England has forced a turnover, the longest active streak in the NFL.