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Tyron Smith Fined $15,750 for Horse-Collar Tackle

The NFL has fined Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith for his horse-collar of the Giants’ Michael Boley, part of a game-turning tackle of Boley following his interception. Smith’s tackle was followed by his defensive teammates’ goal-line stand, a highlight of Dallas’ 24-17 win at New York.

“It was a really big play in the game,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said last week. “As coaches, we always try to emphasize the ball, and the importance of the ball. …One of the things we talk about is when there is a turnover, going to get the ball back, going to make the tackle if there is an interception or the other team is running with the football. You can preach that until you’re blue in the face, but until that situation happens in the game, it’s hard to know if guys are going to respond the right way.”

Garrett credited Smith effort as being a turning point, noting his lineman’s “hustle, his determination, his will.” It was, essentially, a “four-point play.”.

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