Throwback Thursday: With Aikman Out, Garrett, Deion Lift Cowboys Past NYG

While the focus this week centers on Brandon Weeden and his ability to replace an injured Tony Romo, his head coach Jason Garrett is all too familiar with the situation.

Back in 1998, Garrett was the Cowboys' backup when Troy Aikman suffered a broken collarbone in a Week 2 road loss to the Broncos. Garrettt finished the game in Denver, but there were plenty of doubts surrounding the Cowboys' season with their franchise quarterback out for nearly half the season.

But in front of a national stage, Garrett led the Cowboys to a 31-7 win over the Giants on Monday Night Football, thanks to a little help from his friends.

Deion Sanders stole the show, making big plays in all three phases of the game. His 55-yard reception from Garrett helped move the offense into scoring position, but his 59-yard punt return for a touchdown ignited the Cowboys in the first half.

Sanders put the game away with a 71-yard interception return that helped him win a unique Prime Time Award given by the NFL since Sanders shined on all three phases of the game.

As for Garrett, he was efficient, throwing no picks and an 80-yard touchdown to Billy Davis.

Garrett started just five games over a six-week span, with a 3-2 record. Both of his losses were 13-12 defeats to the Bears and Raiders.

"I remember I was playing, excited about the opportunity," Garrett said, referring to five of his nine career starts. "So, I love playing football. We were better with the other guy playing, though. I've got to admit it. He's pretty good."


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