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Mike McCarthy Reacts To Giants Player's "Dirty" Play

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 17: Head coach Mike McCarthy of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 17, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

During the Cowboys-Giants game on Thanksgiving, linebacker Jaylon Smith showed off his version of "The People's Elbow."

Smith legitimately jumped on top of a pileup while Ezekiel Elliott was clearly down. 

Some fans accused Smith of making a "dirty play." Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy doesn't believe that's a fair assessment. 

When asked about Smith's flying elbow, McCarthy said it's not out of character for the former Cowboys linebacker. 

“If you watch Jaylon play a lot, he jumps a lot,” McCarthy said, via Michael Gehlken. “That’s something that’s all over the tape. I don’t think it’s out of character for him.”

McCarthy knows a thing or two about Smith's character. He coached him for over a year in Dallas. 

Thankfully, no one was injured during Thanksgiving's bizarre pileup. 

As for the game itself, FOX's broadcast landed 42 million viewers. That's nearly 50-percent higher than last year's game on the network.

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