Garcia, who was named the starting quarterback just hours before kick-off, completed 22 of 34 passes for 210 yards, including one rushing touchdown en route to the Lions 13-10 victory over the Browns.
It was the most completions in a game by a Lions' quarterback this season.
The win puts the Lions back at .500 for the season, improving their overall record to 3-3.
Although not spectacular, the Detroit offense was efficient but was assisted by a strong defensive effort. The Browns (2-4) were able to muster just 174 yards offensively, and converted none of its third down opportunities. Cleveland quarterback Trent Dilfer tossed for a paltry 73 yards on 10 of 19 passing, but also threw three interceptions.
Early in the second quarter, the Lions made the most of one of those turnovers.
Following a pick by cornerback Dre' Bly in Browns' territory, Garcia engineered a 10-play drive, culminating his own two-yard touchdown scamper on 4th down.
Garcia was never sacked, utilizing his mobility on several occasions to avoid pressure and make a play.
"It was great being out on the field and being able to compete," said Garcia, who missed the previous five weeks with an injury suffered during the pre-season.
"I still need to iron out some of my kinks, but for the first time back, it felt great getting the win."
Leading 7-3, Detroit's advantage was short-lived.
On the ensuing kick-off, Browns' rookie Joshua Gibbs took the return 90-yards for a Cleveland touchdown.
Trailing 10-7 at halftime, the Lions continued to control the clock. Detroit dominated the time of possession, holding onto the ball for 37 minutes and 17 seconds.
The offense put the team into scoring position with its opportunities, settling for two Jason Hanson field goals, including a 50-yarder in the fourth quarter to finish the scoring for Detroit.
INJURY TROUBLES - The Lions suffered a slew of injuries on Sunday, including WR Kevin Johnson to an achilles tendon injury. Johnson will be lost for the season. Cornerback Dre Bly left the game with a dislocated wrist that might require surgery. Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers also left the game with an injured MCL, but the Lions will wait until Monday to conduct further tests.
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