Third-stringer Stephen McGee got the call for Dallas as Jon Kitna and Tony Romo watched from the sidelines.
McGee made his first career start against the Eagles in Philadelphia, and played well. Not spectacular, to be sure; but well. He completed 11 of 27 passing, for 127 yards and a touchdown, and also made an impact with his feet, going for 55 yards on nine carries, the greatest rushing total for a Dallas quarterback since Troy Aikman ran for 60 yards against the Eagles in 1989.
Interim head coach is impressed, more than anything, by the poise shown by the Texas A&M product, who didn’t take a live snap in the NFL until Kitna suffered the oblique injury in the team’s 27-26 loss to Arizona on Christmas night.
“He’s showed us the last couple of weeks he can handle different situations playing quarterback,” Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. “Mentally he was into it and emotionally he handled himself well and he made some good decisions.
“One of the biggest things that happens to young quarterbacks is you feel some frustrations in a game and go and try to do something and invariable that ends up in creating a turnover or a negative thing happens. He hung in there and kept executing.”
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