QB Jeff Garcia - Houston Texans
|6-1, 195||Born: 2-24-1970||College: San Jose State||Drafted: ---|
2009 Week 3 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
The wheel of quarterbacks stopped on Jeff Garcia in the fourth quarter, but pay no attention to his guest appearance. Garcia merely cleaned up the game in the final five minutes once the game was well decided.
2008 Week 1 vs NO (24 / 41 / 221 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Jeff Garcia had one of his normal outings, throwing for 221 yards, one touchdown and one interception. After missing most of the preseason with an injury, Garcia looked a little rusty and his timing just a bit off for Tampa Bay in the opener. Part of that could have been rust, and part could have been shaky protection from his offensive line. Garcia was rushed on most of his throws, including the ones he completed. His timing with WR Joey Galloway was noticeable on a few incompletions, and on others he was able to complete with his wideout, better timing could have resulted in bigger plays. Garcia's lone touchdown pas came on a two yard connection with WR Ike Hilliard in the fourth quarter to give the Buccaneers a 20-17 lead, but after the Saints answered to take a 24-20 lead, Garcia was intercepted with 40 seconds left, ending the Buccaneers chance for an opening week victory.
2008 Week 5 vs DEN (13 / 17 / 93 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Jeff Garcia filled in for the injured Brian Griese and nearly brought Tampa Bay back in this game as he completed 13 of 17 for 93 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Much like Griese, Garcia was unable to get much going downfield against the Broncos, a combination of not having Joey Galloway in the lineup once again, and the pressure applied by the Denver defense. He connected with WR Ike Hilliard from seven yards out in the fourth quarter to cut the Broncos lead to three, but that was the last Tampa Bay had the ball. Garcia did throw in interception, but the Buccaneers were able to get the ball back on the play when the Denver defender fumbled it away.
2008 Week 6 vs CAR (15 / 20 / 173 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Garcia didn't post huge numbers against the Panthers, but most importantly for the Buccaneers, he did not make mistakes. He finished 15 of 20 for 173 yards and a two yard touchdown pass to TE Alex Smith and ran the ball three times for six yards. Garcia was helped tremendously by his special teams and defense, so he did not have to shoulder most of the responsibility for offensive production for Tampa Bay. He was pressured by the Panthers, but was able to use his scrambling ability to escape trouble and attempt throws downfield or throw the ball away. Garcia was credited with a fumble on a botched pitch play, but the Buccaneers were able to recover.
2008 Week 7 vs SEA (27 / 36 / 310 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Garcia had an impressive game. He carried the offense by moving around and improvising. He once threw the ball backhanded with a flick of the wrist on a shovel pass that originated from a broken play. He really kept the Buccaneer's going by stringing together multiple first downs via his legs and some accurate passes.
2008 Week 8 vs DAL (27 / 43 / 227 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Garcia had a difficult time in finishing Tampa drives. Two of their first three drives started close to midfield, but were only able to turn the good field position into field goals. Garcia was able to move the offense into scoring position using his veteran leadership. His job was made easier with the Dallas cornerbacks playing in soft coverage against the outside receivers and the linebackers concentrating on stopping the run. However, he did make one mistake that potentially could have cost his team a touchdown. While scrambling inside the Dallas 20 he completed a pass to Antonio Bryant on the five, but Garcia was past the line of scrimmage when he threw the ball and the play had to be brought back. Instead of having the ball third and two from the five, Tampa had a third and fourteen from the 18. He was able to move around in the pocket to get away from the pressure and sometimes seeing a hole in the coverage to run for positive yards. He did have some trouble with low throws as the Cowboy line was able to knock down three of his throws at the line of scrimmage, and he almost had two passes picked off on throws behind the intended receivers.
2008 Week 9 vs KC (31 / 43 / 339 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Garcia had a lackluster first half with 110 yards passing and one interception, but he turned it around in the second half to finish 31 of 43 for 339 yards and one touchdown. Garcia hooked up with WR Antonio Bryant with little time left in the fourth quarter to cut the Kansas City lead to two, then connected with TE Alex Smith on a successful two point conversion attempt to tie the game and send it into overtime. In the extra session, Garcia made plays when he needed to and took what was there on his way to leading the Buccaneers on the game winning drive.
2008 Week 11 vs MIN (23 / 30 / 255 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 21 / 0 rush)
Jeff Garcia was on his game against Minnesota. He finished 23 of 30 for 255 yards and added six rushes for 21 yards on the ground. Throughout the game he made play after play on the move and extended numerous plays for the Buccaneers. Garcia did have a touchdown pass called back on a holding penalty, but aside from that, the only negative for he and the Buccaneers was their inability to convert in the red zone, where Tampa Bay had to settle for five field goal attempts that they failed to convert into touchdowns. Garcia also showed his toughness after being drilled by Minnesota DL Ray Edwards on a late hit that would have put many players out of the game by shaking it off and not missing a play for the Buccaneers.
2008 Week 12 vs DET (13 / 18 / 165 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Jeff Garcia brought his team back from a 17-0 deficit with his usual steady play, and he took advantage of poor coverage in the Detroit secondary to finish 13 of 18 for 165 yards that included two second quarter touchdown passes. Garcia connected with Ike Hilliard from 36 yards out for his first score and hit TE Jerramy Stevens on a 24 yard scoring strike on the next possession. On the negative side for Garcia, he lost two fumbles and was sacked five times.
2008 Week 13 vs NO (9 / 23 / 119 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 42 / 0 rush)
Garcia had another gritty outing, and in tough weather conditions, threw for 119 yards on nine of 23 passing and adding another 42 yards rushing on seven carries. He connected with WR Antonio Bryant on a 39 yard touchdown pass for Tampa Bay's lone big play in the passing game. He did have one fumble, but the ball was recovered by the Buccaneers.
2008 Week 14 vs CAR (24 / 38 / 321 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Garcia had a pretty nice first half by going ten for 15 for 120 yards but, couldn't get the ball into the end zone as Tampa Bay continued to struggle in the red zone. Most of Garcia's passes came on short routes but, he did hook up with WR Antonio Bryant for 52 yards deep down the right sideline for the Buccaneers' biggest play of the game. Garcia had a very good second half and he went back to Bryant again early in the half when he hit him for a 50 yard touchdown on a deep pass that was little underthrown, but Bryant was able to get into the end zone this time. He went back to Bryant a couple of times down the field and was able to make some plays. He threw a second touchdown to Bryant late in the game on 15 yard pass. He did a good job of scrambling in the pocket and creating more time for himself.
2008 Week 16 vs SD (21 / 34 / 232 / 1 / 2 pass, 6 / 45 / 1 rush)
Garcia either looked outstanding or downright terrible, and there was no rhyme or reason as to which guy would show up on a given play. He looked outstanding just about every time he ran the football, totaling a team high 45 yards on the ground and adding a touchdown off a rollout to his left. He very nearly scored in the first quarter on a scramble but was tackled down at the two yard line. Through the air, he had trouble putting his deep passes where he wanted them. On a second quarter deep ball to WR Antonio Bryant, the ball was overthrown in the end zone on what should've been an easy touchdown. Even his long third quarter touchdown bomb to Bryant was far from a perfectly-thrown ball. Garcia did a great job of rolling out and buying time, but the 71 yard touchdown pass floated in the air for a long time and Bryant sat waiting for it to come out of the air for what seemed like ages. The announcers even mentioned that it looked more like Bryant was waiting for a punt rather than a pass. Still, he caught the pass and took it the rest of the way for the score. But then later in the contest, Garcia again had Bryant open deep for what should have been an easy 68 yard touchdown pass. But once again, like in the first quarter, the pass was overthrown. He was sacked on the following play, and the Bucs had to punt the ball away. The two interceptions were both clearly Garcia's fault. The first pick was thrown well to the left of its intended target Ike Hilliard. LB Stephen Cooper simply sat in the passing lane and had the ball delivered right to him. The second pick, also thrown to Hilliard, was batted up in the air by Quentin Jammer. CB Antoine Cason snatched the football out of the air and took it the other way for a 59 yard score. Just prior to that second interception, Garcia had taken off on a scramble to the right side of the field. All day, he had been diving for extra yardage at the end of each run and coming away from it intact. But on this play, CB Quentin Jammer came up and laid a vicious hit on Garcia. It banged his facemask off the bridge of his nose, opening a nasty cut. Garcia remained in for the remainder of the series despite blood flowing down his face and into his mouth and chin strap. Following the interception, he gave way to Luke McCown for the team's final possession.
2008 Week 17 vs OAK (17 / 33 / 257 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
Jeff Garcia struggled against an Oakland defense that was hurting in the secondary, but was playing not only for pride, but playing to be the spoiler and knock Tampa Bay out of the playoffs. Garcia finished 17 of 33 for 257 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and added three rushes for 10 yards on the ground. Garcia's score came on a 58 yard connection with WR Michael Clayton, but could not take advantage facing a Raider secondary that was missing their best corner in Nnamdi Asomugha. Garcia was only sacked once, but faced pressure throughout the game and was forced to make plays on the move, something he normally does well. However, the Raiders played well in coverage and were helped out on a few plays that simply did not work because of poorly thrown balls. Garcia missed wide open receivers on a number of big play attempts, and that came back to haunt Tampa Bay in the end.
2007 Week 1 vs SEA (19 / 27 / 201 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Garcia was accurate, completing 19 of 27 passes, but totaled just 201 yards and zero scores. He looked comfortable early on, rolling out of the pocket and completing some passes on the move. When Seattle forced him to stay in the pocket, he struggled to find open passing lanes over the active Seahawks front seven. Garcia got his bell rung in the third quarter on a scramble play and went to the locker room for evaluation. He returned later and led Tampa Bay on a nice drive that unfortunately ended in a lost fumble by RB Earnest Graham.
2007 Week 2 vs NO (10 / 16 / 243 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Garcia was in a zone against the Saints, completing ten of 16 pass attempts for 243 yards, including touchdown strikes to WR Joey Galloway from 69 and 24 yards out. Garcia was accurate and efficient, and showed great poise in the pocket. He was not sacked in the game, and had a nice scramble play that led to a Tampa Bay scoring opportunity. Garcia played with some of the emotion and fire he showed last year with Philadelphia, pumping his fist on big plays and refusing to slide on a few of his scrambles in an effort to gain first downs.
2007 Week 3 vs STL (14 / 22 / 151 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
Garcia was efficient in leading the Buccaneers to victory over the Rams. He completed 14 of 22 passes for 151 yards, and while he did not register a score through the air, he did what he had to do to keep drives alive. Garcia has shown the leadership skills and command in the huddle the Buccaneers hoped for when they signed him, and his play on the field has paid dividends. For the second week in a row, Garcia showed aggressiveness on plays where he's flushed out of the pocket, refusing to slide and reaching for the extra yard on almost every scramble play. He also threw a nasty block on a busted run play that Cadillac Williams was forced to take across field, and that block helped Williams turn nothing into a marginal gain for Tampa Bay.
2007 Week 4 vs CAR (15 / 25 / 176 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 10 / 1 rush)
Garcia has seemed to make a big difference in the Tampa Bay offense. He is able to move the team down the field with both his arm and legs. On the opening drive of the game, Garcia passed for 47 yards and then scored a touchdown on a three yard run. He completed 60% of his passes going 15 for 25 for 176 yards and no interceptions. Garcia's only touchdown of the game was on his three yard run.
2007 Week 5 vs IND (18 / 23 / 143 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Garcia was unable to consistently move the chains. Five of the first six Buccaneers possessions were three and out. He did have two touchdown passes to Alex Smith in the red zone, but failed to find people much more than five yards off of the scrimmage.
2007 Week 6 vs TEN (20 / 31 / 274 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Jeff Garcia had another efficient game for Tampa Bay, completing 20 of 31 passes for 274 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. He made play after play on the move, flushing out of the pocket and connecting with his receivers downfield. The touchdown pass came on a 69 yard connection with WR Joey Galloway and Garcia's play late in the fourth quarter was just as important for the Buccaneers. He orchestrated a seven play, 55 yard drive with less than two minutes to play to get the team into field goal range, where K Matt Bryant made good from 43 yards out for the win.
2007 Week 7 vs DET (37 / 45 / 316 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 10 / 0 rush)
Garcia's afternoon started off very auspiciously, as he was saved from what should have been an early fumble recovered by Detroit. The Buccaneers challenged the call, and the play was ruled an incomplete pass (despite the fact that if Garcia was actually throwing the ball, it would've been a lateral attempt to the halfback in the flat). Regardless, that saved him from one turnover - but it couldn't save him from the rest. He fumbled a handoff exchange on one play, and then fumbled the snap at the most critical of junctures at the two yard line with Tampa driving for a potential touchdown. Those two turnovers turned out to be probably the two biggest plays of the game, and certainly the two biggest mishaps. Those two plays notwithstanding, Garcia actually was extremely efficient and looked good all game. He was under a lot of pressure from the Detroit defensive front, but he was able to buy a lot of time with his feet and looked good throwing on the run. At one point, he completed 18 passes in a row to tie the Tampa Bay team record. Most of those passes were short dump-offs over the middle, and for awhile it appeared as if Tampa was almost too conservative with their passing attack. Still, they managed to move the ball enough for Garcia to throw two touchdown passes. Unfortunately for him, when the Lions needed to clamp down defensively, they usually did. Late in the game, it seemed as if Garcia was flipping the ball away sideways and underhanded more often than not in a futile attempt to avoid taking the sack.
2007 Week 8 vs JAX (19 / 41 / 267 / 1 / 3 pass, 4 / 45 / 0 rush)
Garcia was under pressure throughout the game and although he played gamely and did an admirable job of trying to keep plays alive, he was inaccurate with several of his throws thanks to Jacksonville's pass defenders. Garcia targeted Joey Galloway the most, but as with a lot of his throws, missed Galloway at times when he was open. When given time, Garcia proved comfortable attempting a variety of passes, from short to deep ones. He led his team to a lead with 20 unanswered points during part of the game, but was undone at the end by his interceptions, which were his first of the season.
2007 Week 9 vs ARI (18 / 28 / 196 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 26 / 0 rush)
Garcia had his usual workmanlike game passing for 196 yards and one touchdown. He was not sacked in the game, and often avoided the Cardinal pass rush with efficient scrambles when needed. Garcia had no turnovers in the game. He connected on a37 yard touchdown to Joey Galloway in the first quarter, and did the things necessary to win this game.
2007 Week 11 vs ATL (10 / 20 / 159 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Garcia did not post huge numbers against Atlanta, but he made plays when he had to and seemed to make the right decision every time. He finished ten of 20 for 159 yards, two touchdowns and zero turnovers. The first score came on a 44 yard strike to WR Joey Galloway that gave Tampa Bay an early 7-0 lead, and Garcia followed that score with a 21 yard touchdown to TE Alex Smith. With those two touchdowns and the help the Buccaneers received from their defense, Garcia was able to watch the fourth quarter from the sideline.
2007 Week 12 vs WAS (2 / 4 / 9 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Jeff Garcia was hurt on the first drive and left the game with a back injury. He went into the locker room and had the injury x-rayed, put a heating pad on it and came back out to the sideline. He remained on the sideline until the fourth quarter, and returned to try to give the offense a much needed spark. Garcia didn't fare much better than Gradkowski, and couldn't muster up anything but two three and out drives in the fourth quarter, putting the pressure on the Tampa Bay defense to hold on for the win. Luckily for Garcia and the Buccaneers, they were able to do just that. His final stat line read two of four passing for nine yards, no scores and no interceptions.
2007 Week 15 vs ATL (15 / 25 / 109 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Jeff Garcia returned from injury, and the results of plays early on in the game allowed Tampa Bay to turn to a conservative game plan that was focused on shortening the game. Garcia was 15 of 25 for 109 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. The touchdown pass came on a one yard connection with TE Anthony Becht in the fourth quarter. With the big lead late in the game, Garcia was allowed to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines.
2007 Week 16 vs SF (12 / 20 / 196 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Garcia played the first half for Tampa Bay, and totaled 196 yards and a score on 12 of 20 passing before heading to the sidelines for the second half. Garcia connected with TE Jerramy Stevens on a 24 yard touchdown pass and looked like his sharp, efficient self before leaving the game.
2007 Week 18 vs NYG (23 / 39 / 207 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Jeff Garcia had a rough outing against the Giants, as he threw for just 207 yards and one touchdown, but was picked off two times and faced constant pressure from the New York front seven. He completed 23 of 39 attempts, but threw a costly interception in the end zone that was intended for WR Joey Galloway, and killed a promising drive. Garcia's touchdown came on a six yard connection with TE Alex Smith in the fourth quarter, but it ended up being too little, too late for the Buccaneers.
2006 Week 4 vs GB (0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Garcia entered the game with six minutes to go with the game safe for the Eagles. He attempted one pass which fell incomplete, and also fumbled an intended hand off with Ryan Moats which Moats recovered.
2006 Week 11 vs TEN (26 / 48 / 189 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 1 / 0 rush)
Garcia came off the bench in relief of the injured McNabb, and he did not look very sharp at all. That of course would be expected of a second string signal caller, as he was not loosened up nor in a mindset to go out and lead the Eagles in a comeback effort. Garcia could not stretch the field, and despite completing 26 passes only one was for over 20 yards (22 to WR Reggie Brown). Most of his completions went to the running backs, RBs Brian Westbrook and Correll Buckhalter, who combined for 14 catches but just 63 yards with Garcia. Garcia added on some padded numbers in the final minutes of the game after it had been decided. Garcia was 7-62 for his final 11 passes with fewer than four minutes to go in the contest. Without that last drive, Garcia had but 19 completions for only 127 yards in 37 tries in relief of McNabb.
2006 Week 12 vs IND (19 / 23 / 140 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Garcia played well in his first start of the 2006 season. He completed 82.6% of his passes, while spreading the ball around to nine different targets. Garcia threw touchdown passes in both halves; the first to tight end L.J. Smith and the second to wide receiver Reggie Brown. His favorite target was running back Brian Westbrook coming out of the backfield. Garcia's last play of the game sealed the loss, as he was sacked and coughed up the ball, which was returned for a touchdown. Overall, he had a very decent game.
2006 Week 13 vs CAR (21 / 39 / 312 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 12 / 0 rush)
Garcia watched the Eagles' first six drives end in punts as he was unable to make much happen in the passing game. The Eagles then changed tactics and tried to stretch the field by passing deep. Donte Stallworth caught a 51 yard pass with one hand on the Eagles' seventh drive. Garcia then looked for Stallworth in the end zone but the pass was off target and almost intercepted. Garcia found Reggie Brown for 11 yards to convert on third and ten, and then completed an 8 yard touchdown pass to Brian Westbrook who was open down the middle. The Eagles seemed to start the second half with the intent to use the deep passes even more. Garcia almost connected with Greg Lewis on a 45 yard pass, and it looked like pass interference. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the call never came. Garcia finished off the drive by scrambling clear and throwing to Donte Stallworth for a 30 yard touchdown. Garcia took a big hit on the following drive and looked like he might have to leave the game, but he was able to continue. Garcia made two big plays on the Eagles' third drive of the second half. He found Westbrook for a 29 yard gain and then hit Reggie Brown on a well thrown 40 yard pass. With the game tied, Garcia scrambled for a vital ten yard gain and a first down to set up what turned out to be the winning field goal. Garcia looked very capable in this game, and he ended with three touchdowns and 312 passing yards.
2006 Week 14 vs WAS (15 / 23 / 164 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 7 / 0 rush)
Garcia threw the ball well in Week 14, connecting with seven different receivers in Week 14. While he only threw for 164 yards, he did toss two touchdowns and kept the chains moving against the Redskins. He threw the ball well on the run, hitting WR Donte' Stallworth on the side of the end zone when he rolled to his right and bought extra time. He also threw a strike to TE LJ Smith for the other offensive score for the Eagles. More importantly, Garcia answered critics about his arm strength as he threw deep a few times, connecting with WR Reggie Brown for 60 yards in the first half and RB Brian Westbrook for 22 more in the third quarter. He nearly had another touchdown of 59 yards as the ball just went past Westbrook's outstretched arms on a pass that went over 30 yards downfield. Garcia also got rid of the ball quickly, avoiding any sacks or costly mistakes for the game. He threw zero interceptions and helped the Eagles get back over .500 and continue their hopes of getting into the postseason.
2006 Week 15 vs NYG (19 / 28 / 237 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)
Garcia played reasonably well in the game. He did not attempt many deep passes and his longest gain was to Reggie Brown for 28 yards. Garcia completed passes to eight different players, but over half went to either Brian Westbrook or Reggie Brown. Brown caught the Eagles' only touchdown pass of the game on a 19 yard reception. The other three offensive touchdowns all ended in scores on the ground. Garcia scrambled well and had one run to the two yard line before being tackled. He had a 15 yard first down scramble negated by a holding penalty. Garcia had one two point try ruled out by a penalty but he found L.J. Smith on a later two point conversion.
2006 Week 16 vs DAL (15 / 23 / 238 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 43 / 0 rush)
Garcia had another solid performance, completing 65% of his passes for 238 yards and one touchdown to TE Matt Schobel. Garcia completed a pass to seven different receivers, with six of them getting two catches but remarkably none of them with more than three. Garcia spread the ball around in the Eagles' version of the West Coast Offense to the open man, and when that was unavailable Garcia either scrambled for more time or tucked it and ran for all he could. Garcia added 43 yards rushing and picked up three first downs as a runner, doing what was necessary to keep Philadelphia's offense moving forward. Garcia's efforts led the Eagles to scores on four of their first five possessions of Week 16. His QB rating was over 90 for the fifth week in a row as Garcia was efficient enough to raise his record as a 2006 starting quarterback to 4-1.
2006 Week 17 vs ATL (1 / 3 / 29 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Garcia led the Eagles' offense down the field for a field goal on the first Philadelphia series. After getting word that the Cowboys had lost at home to the Lions head coach Andy Reed opted to put backup QB A.J. Feeley in the game for the duration.
2006 Week 18 vs NYG (17 / 31 / 153 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 14 / 0 rush)
Garcia spread the ball amongst eight different receivers, keeping everyone involved in the passing game. He did have a few favorites, as Garcia targeted WR Reggie Brown 12 times and WR Donte Stallworth for six more. Both receivers combined for 10 catches and 114 yards, including a 28 yard touchdown to Stallworth in the second quarter. Garcia rolled to his right often, something to note going forward as defenses may see this tendency and roll defensive coverage accordingly in future contests. Garcia bought more time by rolling or stepping up in the pocket, allowing his receivers to work more to get open and present themselves as targets. Garcia did not win this game for Philadelphia, but he also did not lose it, as he took just two sacks and did not turn the ball over. He also added four carries for 14 yards including a seven yard run for a first down in the second quarter.
2006 Week 19 vs NO (15 / 30 / 240 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 9 / 0 rush)
Garcia completed only half of his passes as he had to scramble and run out of the pocket on several occasions. Garcia did manage to connect with eight different receivers, including former Saint WR Donte Stallworth for a 75 touchdown pass in the second quarter. Garcia threw the long pass 60 yards in the air to Stallworth who had broken free down the middle of the field. Garcia's 50% accuracy rate was held down by several drops by his receivers, including RB Brian Westbrook who dropped four. His passes were not always on the mark, as a few early throws were nearly intercepted in the game. Garcia did connect with WRs Stallworth, Reggie Brown and Hank Baskett for five passes of 20+ yards in the game, not including a 20 yard pass to Baskett on fourth down late in the game that ultimately did not count due to a false start penalty. Garcia was on the run often, but he was mobile enough to take just one sack and still not throw an interception. He scrambled for nine yards and lost another 20 on a holding penalty.
2005 Week 7 vs CLE (22 / 34 / 210 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 1 / 1 rush)
Garcia finished with an 81.7 passer rating, and won his first start as a Detroit Lion. He seemed to get better as the game went along, and showed some veteran leadership and the ability to make good things happen on the field, while not making poor decisions. Garcia averaged 6.2 yards per passing attempt and completed 65% of his balls, but his biggest play of the day came with his feet. On fourth and goal from the one, a play action pass was called, but no one was able to break open, at which point Garcia improvised and made a run around end to the right for the goal line, breaking through on a dive which barely crossed the plane. In addition to not turning the ball over, Garcia was not sacked once on the afternoon. This scrambling ability and improvisation helped create their biggest play of the day, a 49 yard pass to Mike Williams.
2005 Week 8 vs CHI (23 / 35 / 197 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 6 / 0 rush)
Garcia made his second start as a Detroit Lion. His adequate passing stats were not all his fault as his receivers just dropped the ball on a number of occasions. Garcia put together a great drive in the third quarter leading the Lions downfield completing five out of six passes for 43 yards and the drive ended with Kevin Jones' rushing touchdown. Garcia was sacked and fumbled the ball and the Bears recovered it for a touchdown. The play was challenged by the Lions, and the ruling on the field was overturned. Garcia scrambled and made a pass to Shawn Bryson, but it was short of the first down. He showed incredible toughness taking several huge hits and bouncing back each time. In overtime, Garcia threw an interception on a pass that he threw across his body that was returned by Charles Tillman for a touchdown and the win.
2005 Week 12 vs ATL (14 / 24 / 154 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Garcia entered the game at the end of the second quarter in an attempt to spark a stagnant Detroit offense. He completed a few short passes to WR Scott Vines and two dump offs to RB Shawn Bryson, but suffered the same fate as starter Joey Harrington. Multiple drops and a miscommunication with WR Mike Williams that resulted in another interception kept the Lions from being able to mount any sort of momentum. Garcia completed passes, but nothing down field, and nothing noteworthy. Midway through the fourth quarter Garcia faced an intense pass rush and inexplicably lofted a pass high in the air intended for no one in particular. The pass was intercepted, but he lucked out that there was a defensive holding penalty that negated the interception.
2005 Week 13 vs MIN (17 / 35 / 126 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)
Garcia got the start for the Lions and had a miserable first half completing eight of 19 passes for 41 yards. Garcia heard it from the Lions' faithful early in the game as they began the "We want Joey" chant after the Lions' first possession. Garcia seemed to have little zip on his passes and often settled for short dump off passes to the backs rather than allow plays to develop downfield. He finished with 126 yards on 17 of 35 attempts.
2005 Week 14 vs GB (13 / 24 / 112 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 25 / 0 rush)
Garcia went into half time only completing five passes on 11 attempts and with 48 yards, but he did have a touchdown and no interceptions. He made a nice nine yard run at the beginning of the third quarter for a first down to keep a drive going that allowed the Lions to pin the Packers back within their own five yard line. Garcia completed five of five passes in the Lions first drive of the fourth quarter, which resulted in a drive that stalled out on the Packers' one yard line after the Lions were stopped on fourth down. He finished the night with 112 yards and no interceptions. He made some good throws to put his team in position to win, but there were some drops by the receivers.
2005 Week 15 vs CIN (13 / 21 / 138 / 1 / 3 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Garcia started the game and was victimized early when a pass to TE Sean McHugh was tipped in the air to Joe Thornton of the Bengals for his first interception. Garcia did manage to engineer a drive late in the first quarter through the second quarter that led to a five yard touchdown pass to Roy Williams. He might have had a second touchdown in the third quarter except his receiver, Roy Williams, made little attempt to go get the well-thrown ball.