Emmitt played through pain for 'Boys
Jan. 2, 1994 - In the final game of the regular season, the Dallas Cowboys traveled to the frigid Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., for an NFC East showdown with the New York Giants that would give home-field advantage and a playoff bye to the victor.
With the Cowboys leading 10-0 late in the second quarter, Emmitt Smith ran for 46 yards before he was slammed to the artificial turf at Giants Stadium by safety Greg Jackson. Smith remained on the ground, having suffered a separated right shoulder.
Despite the ferocious pain, Smith returned in the third quarter. He touched the ball 17 more times. "Emmitt was hurting, he was done," right guard Kevin Gogan said. "He sucked it up for his boys. I don't know how he did it."
In overtime, with his right arm dangling uselessly between plays, Smith ran or had a reception on nine of the Cowboys' 11 plays on their game-winning drive. He gained 41 of their 52 yards to set up Eddie Murray's 41-yard field goal that gave Dallas a 16-13 victory.
Smith finished with 168 yards on 32 carries and had 10 receptions for 61 yards and one touchdown. He became the fourth player to win three straight NFL rushing titles, joining Steve Van Buren, Jim Brown and Earl Campbell.
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