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The NFC East in 1998 had two teams called "the Helpless and the Hopeless." One of them bowed to the history-making Cowboys at Veterans Stadium. Troy Aikman, back from injury, marshalled the Cowboys to the first of three division victories. It was Dallas's first-ever shutout over the Eagles.
Foxboro had germinated a future dynasty, as the Patriots had gone four years without losing a home game within their division. But the Jets sought a winning habit of their own. New York had to come from behind to justify their long-awaited return to MNF, and they did, 24-14.
Chan Gailey was the Cowboys' first-year head coach. His primary mission was to restore glory. With Troy Aikman sidelined, Jason Garrett was pressed into the QB position. But the game belonged to Deion Sanders. His 60-yard punt return TD was the spark that lifted Dallas' offense. Later he returned an interception 70 yards for another score in Dallas' 31-7 walloping of the Giants.moreless