The Dallas Cowboys face off against the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon at noon CST in a battle of two 4-3 teams. Both teams are coming off emotional games; the Cowboys won their game against the hated Philadelphia Eagles. The Lions lost by three points to the Cincinnati Bengals as Mike Nugent kicked a 54-yard, game winning field goal. The final in that game was 27-24.
But turning back the clock, there was a game to remember on faithful Monday night. A game the Cowboys lost but fans will remember because it was the night Dallas’ Emmitt Smith went toe-to-toe with the Lions’ Barry Sanders. The game went to overtime and saw many highlights. The most notable was the running of the two running backs that totaled 337 rushing yards from 69 carries. Sanders carried the ball for 40 times and had 194 yards while Smith had 29 for 143 yards. Any one running back reaching numbers like that are due for a big day but to have two backs do that in one game is epic. The incredibly ironic thing about this game, between the two running backs, there was only one touchdown scored that night. That lone touchdown came from Smith as he tied the game up to send it to overtime.
Watching the two Hall of Fame running backs was a treat for the September 19th, Monday Night audience. The 64,000 plus fans at Texas Stadium also were able to witness another Cowboy having a big night as well. Leon Lett blocked two Jason Hansen field goals that night. Both attempts were from long range as Hansen lined up a 57-yarder then in overtime, he attempted a 52-yard field goal that Lett got his paws on. Lett didn’t have a big game as far as playing defense as he only had one tackle but the blocked field goals were his claim to fame that night.
Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman outdueled a forgettable, Scott Mitchell. Mitchell threw for 174 yards from 13-of-27 passes thrown and completed. Aikman managed 220 yards from 26-of-39, throwing to eight different receivers. The leading receiver that night was Smith as he had 7 catches for 49 yards to add to his already big running numbers. Looking at total yards between Smith and Sanders, there was a 2 yards difference as Smith had 192 total yards for the night, while Sanders only contributed his running yards.