A defining moment for Jason Garrett

A win against the Giants would help show he's the right choice to lead the Cowboys

Updated: December 27, 2011, 2:05 PM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Jason Garrett could not have taken over the Dallas Cowboys last year under worse circumstances.

The team was in a dreadful state of mind following a 45-7 loss at Green Bay that led to Wade Phillips' dismissal as head coach with a 1-7 record. Tony Romo was out with a broken collarbone. The defense was in a freefall that had been unseen in team history.

Garrett stepped into the fray with a calming and confident way about him. His message to the players was about "being ...

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