It went for a touchdown.
Then, he caught his second NFL pass.
It went for a TD.
And his third? TD.
Smith opened the scoring in the Ravens’ 37-7 victory over the Rams with a 74-yard TD pass from Joe Flacco on the Ravens’ first possession in St. Louis. His second TD covered 41 yards. His third went for 18. All were in primary coverage (using the word loosely) by Justin King, playing with Ron Bartell out for the season with a neck injury. (See video here.)
“I never doubted myself for a minute,” said Smith, the first rookie in NFL history and just the 12th player to score three touchdowns in a quarter. “I’ve been playing football forever. I’ve been making plays forever.”
He limped off after his fourth reception just before halftime, but returned in the second half and finished with five catches for 152 yards. Not a bad day for the second-round pick out of Maryland. All it took was a little patience and a break — Smith, the No. 3 receiver was playing opposite Anquan Boldin with Lee Evans hurt and inactive.
“He had a hell of a day,” Terrell Suggs said of Smith. “He’s got to build on that and produce every week. We need him to make plays for us.”