Backup back in as Jets winner, for now
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Fitz Magic returned after Geno Smith's sequel ended early, and the Jets got their first victory in more than a month.
Fitzpatrick replaced an injured Smith and led the Jets on three scoring drives, and a rejuvenated defense came up with two rare interceptions in a comeback victory over the Ravens. New York snapped a four-game skid.
"It's a pretty ironic situation," Fitzpatrick said.
He came in for Smith, who started for the first time since 2014, in the second quarter and led a go-ahead drive capped by a 13-yard touchdown catch by Matt Forte. Fitzpatrick finished 9-of-14 for 120 yards and a touchdown for the Jets.
"It's about … time," safety Calvin Pryor said.
Smith injured his right knee on a sack by Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon and will have an MRI exam to determine if he needs to be sidelined. Center Nick Mangold (knee) and linebacker Bruce Carter (hamstring) were also injured.
Coach had Todd Bowles decided to start Smith over Fitzpatrick, who had thrown an NFL-high 11 interceptions and five touchdowns going in.