Monday, January 11, 2010

Jones Streaks Into Postseason Record Books

BY Scott Crisp

Emmitt Smith was back in Jerry Jones' owner's suite on Saturday night to watch the Cowboys roll over the Eagles 34-14 for the franchise's first playoff win since 1996, when Smith himself was still a member of the team.

The surefire Hall of Famer also saw one of his own records fall, when Felix Jones broke a 73-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. It was the longest run in Dallas Cowboys postseason history, and the cherry on top of a dominant first-round performance.

Smith held the previous record with a 65-yard run against Minnesota in 2000; Tony Dorsett had a 53-yard run against the Los Angeles Rams in 1979; Calvin Hill went 48 yards on a run against San Francisco in 1972; all three were at Cowboys Stadium to watch the Felix Jones show.

Jones went for 148 yards total, the third-most in the franchise's postseason history, doing most of his damage after Marion Barber left, feeling "not right." The Eagles, it's safe to say, had no answer for Jones, who averaged a kind-of-ridiculous 9.3 yards a carry on the night.

Afterward though, the Arkansas product was demure, opting to expand more on the job of the offensive line than on his own exploits. "I saw Leonard Davis make that block on the outside and Marc Colombo made a great block--a down block," Jones said of the 73-yard touchdown run. "It just opened up the hole, all I [saw] was green.

"Thanks to those guys. They opened up a good hole for me."