Smith has played for the Ravens each of his first four NFL seasons, where he's totaled 213 catches for 3,591 yards and 309 touchdowns. Smith has 20 catches for 414 yards and four touchdowns in six career postseason games for Baltimore.
Smith was shaken up after absorbing a brutal hit from Devin McCourty after making a 22-yard reception on the opening drive. The Ravens scored on the next play to take an early 7-0 lead. He returned a few plays into the second offensive series of the day.
"I don’t want to be known for a guy that’s just getting held all the time, but it just happens," Smith said, per ESPN. "I guess most times it’s because I’m moving pretty good, and it kind of surprises them a little bit, so they grab you. If I was a DB [defensive back], I would do the same thing, so I don’t really complain about it too much."
Smith said he expects to Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner to cover him during Saturday's AFC divisional playoff game since he feels the Patriots will put a more physical cornerback on him. It could result in more penalties drawn by Smith since Browner leads the Patriots with 15 penalties, including five for pass interference.
"I think the biggest thing is when we do throw to him deep, it’s because we have a good matchup or we have a good coverage for it to work, and he’s doing a great job of winning," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "It’s all because of him doing his job in the beginning and beating man-to-man or getting over top of the zone, putting himself in position to make that big play and putting the defender in a recovery-type mode and forcing his hand a little bit and making him do something that he probably doesn’t want to."
His biggest play came when Flacco was flushed from the pocket and Smith found some room in the end zone to make a play for a score. Meanwhile, backup tight end
"It's terrible. They need to go ahead and put some turf up there or something," Smith said, per ESPN. "Apparently the field gets a lot of use. That's good for them, but it's terrible for us playing this late [in the season]. I'm sure they'll do a great job prepping it."
The Steelers are considered 3-point favorites for Saturday's wild-card game. Smith totaled five catches for 73 yards and one touchdown in two games against the Steelers this season. The touchdown catch came at Heinz Field in early November. Smith has a touchdown in two of his four career games at Heinz Field.
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