TBT: Third-String QB Caps Off Starting Debut With Game-Winning TD Drive

The Cowboys were just trying to get through a dismal 2010 season that saw a coaching change halfway through the year.

Interim coach Jason Garrett had a 4-3 record since taking over for Wade Phillips and wanted nothing more than to finish off strong above .500 since he stepped in.

But to do that, the Cowboys needed a win from third-stringer Stephen McGee, who had never started a game in his career. Tony Romo had been out for 10 games with a broken clavicle and veteran Jon Kitna was injured in the previous game.

While McGee nearly pulled off a win the week before in Arizona, he was able to finish the job this time around against an Eagles team that had already clinched the NFC East.

Trailing 13-7 in the fourth, McGee turned to trusty veteran Jason Witten, who had not caught a pass all day.

But after a sack by Anthony Spencer, the Cowboys got the ball at their own 46 with 2:54 to play. McGee wasted no time in turning to Witten, who caught a pair of short passes before hauling in a 33-yarder down to the Eagles' 11. On third down, McGee went to Witten again for a 4-yard touchdown pass.

This time, after missing a key extra point in the loss to Arizona the previous week, kicker David Buehler made the go-ahead extra point, giving the Cowboys a 14-13 win.

That proved to be McGee's only start of his career, joining four other Cowboys (Rodney Peete, Glenn Carano, Clint Longley and Drew Henson) as the only players in franchise history to win their only start with team.

With a 5-3 record iin the second half of the season, the Cowboys made Jason Garrett the official head coach in January. Garrett now ranks second in Cowboys history in career victories behind Tom Landry.

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