The Giants were a hard hitting team. When they realized Emmitt was hurt, they brought the lumber on every Emmitt carry. I still remember the agony on his face as he would pick himself up and go back to the huddle and prepare to do it again. With Emmitt clearly hobbled, the Giants crept back into the game. On the final drive of the game for the Giants Head Coach Dan Reeves ran the ball on 3rd down and the Cowboys stopped them. This forced a Field Goal attempt with 10 seconds to play. It was good and the game was headed to overtime.
It is there that the legend of Emmitt Smith was forever etched into time. The Giants got the ball first in OT, but were forced to punt. Play after agonizing play the Cowboys called Emmitt’s number and he moved the chains. The clock was ticking. His shoulder was aching. The Giants were hitting. Dallas was moving. His right arm was useless yet he used it to stiff arm one of the greatest players to ever play Defense, the great Lawrence Taylor.
Finally an Eddie Murray FG ended the agony for Emmitt, and the Cowboys secured home field advantage. That day Pat Summerall and John Madden were calling the game. John Madden did something he had never done before, and would never do again. He went to the Cowboys locker room just to tell Emmitt Smith how incredible his performance was.
How incredible was it? Emmitt Smith carried the ball 32 times for 168 yards, and earned his third straight rushing title, despite missing the first two games of that season in a contract holdout. He also caught the ball, with one arm, another 10 times for an additional 61 yards.