Flashback, Cowboys vs Eagles – 1993

The Cowboys started the 1993 season with a 0-2 record as Emmitt Smith stayed away due to a contract holdout. After the second loss Jerry Jones realized the Cowboys needed Emmitt Smith to win and he signed him to a new contract. After signing his contract the Cowboys won their next four games as they entered a Halloween match-up with the Eagles. Against the Eagles Emmitt Smith took control and continued to add to his greatness.

On this Halloween afternoon in Philadelphia the rain came down in buckets at times and both teams realized early that the passing game would suffer. Troy Aikman had little to no success as he passed for only 96 yards in the game. The Eagles didn’t fare much better as quarterback Ken O’Brien managed only 107 yards passing. Both teams were able to get their running games going in the absence of any passing game.

The Cowboys took a first quarter lead when kicker Eddie Murray connected on a 35 yard field goal. They increased their lead to 10-0 in the second quarter when Kevin Williams took a reverse and scored from 11 yards out.

The Cowboys seemed to be in control, but with less than five minutes to go before halftime the Eagles put together an 80 yard drive. With 1:25 left Ken O’Brien found Herschel Walker for a three yard touchdown pass and the Eagles pulled closer, 10-7.

With the rain still falling and both offenses not being able to get much going. The Cowboys and Eagles exchanged field goals as the fourth quarter was approaching the midway point. The Cowboys were leading 13-10 when their drive stalled at the Eagles 23 yard line. With the rain coming down harder than at any point during the game, Eddie Murray attempted his third field goal of the game. His kick sailed through the rain, bounced off the crossbar and through to give the Cowboys a 16-10 lead.

“I didn’t know what the distance was,  said Murray. I just hit it like it was 55 yards away,” he said. “Now we know what my range is into a driving wind and rain.”

On the Eagles next possession Charles Haley put an end to the Eagles mounting a late drive against the Cowboys. Haley stripped the ball from Ken O’Brien on third down. The Eagles recovered the fumble, but they had to punt.

On the Cowboys second play after the Eagles punt, they put an end to the game with one run. Emmitt Smith broke through a hole on the left side of his offensive line and found himself in the Eagles secondary. Smith outran cornerback Eric Allen and scored from 62 yards to seal the game 23-10.

“Emmitt’s last run really broke our back,” said Eagles coach Rich Kotite

“It was not a day to throw the ball, it was a day to sit back and let Emmitt do the job,” wide receiver Alvin Harper said. “Thank God Emmitt did his job.”

“I’m happy, I’m tired and I’m excited all at the same time,” Smith said afterward

“The good thing about this team is that we were confident once we got everyone in that we’d be all right,” said Aikman. “We didn’t panic when we were 0-2.”

Emmitt Smith not only scored the game winning touchdown he showed why he is so important to the Cowboys success. Smith had a career day as he carried the ball 30 times for 237 yards. The Cowboys 0-2 start in 1993 was distant memory as they improved to 5-2 with Emmitt Smith and also shared first place in the NFC East with the Giants.

The box score can be seen here.


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