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Playing the Giants at the Meadowlands, the stakes were huge. The winner took the division and a first-round bye. Smith also had a shot at a second straight rushing title, despite having spotted his competition a two-game head start.

Smith separated his right shoulder but refused to come out and refused to be used as a decoy. He ran 32 times and caught 10 passes for 229 yards and a touchdown, leading Dallas to a 16-13 overtime victory.

He had days with more yards and won games that meant more. But that game went a long way toward cementing him as a Hall of Famer.