A broken hand couldn't stop Emmitt Smith, but in the end, the Arizona Cardinals did.
The Dallas Cowboys' running back, playing with his right hand in a soft cast, gained 127 yards on 29 carries. But he couldn't get one when he needed it most in Arizona's 13-9 victory today.
Late in the game, with Dallas trailing 13-7 and facing second and two on Arizona's 10, Dallas gave the ball to Smith three straight times. On fourth and one, Ronald McKinnon and Kwamie Lassiter stopped Smith for no gain with 3 minutes 22 seconds to play.
Smith, who broke his hand two weeks ago against Minnesota, ran into the back of one of his teammates as he hit the line.
"I just lost my momentum, and before I knew it everyone was on top of me," he said.
Dallas had one more chance. Arizona punter Scott Player took an intentional safety with 1:49 remaining to cut the lead to 13-9, and Deion Sanders, who also had his first interception of the season, returned the free kick 31 yards, to the Cardinals 43.
Dallas (5-5) drove to the 22, but on fourth and three, Jason Garrett threw a short pass to Rocket Ismail, who was stopped at the 21 with 12 seconds remaining.
The victory was only the Cardinals' third over the Cowboys in their last 19 regular season meetings.
With Troy Aikman out with a concussion for the second week in a row, Garrett completed 16 of 29 for 111 yards and a touchdown.
Dave Brown threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Rob Moore on a flea-flicker play, and Chris Jacke kicked field goals of 21 and 38 yards for the Cardinals (4-6).