Sunday, December 16, 2012
Jason Garrett thought about a 61-yard field goal
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON, Texas -- With 32 seconds to play in regulation against the Steelers, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told the field-goal unit to attempt a kick from 61 yards.
It would have been the longest field goal in Cowboys history, if successful.
The longest field goal converted in Cowboys history was a 56-yarder by Billy Cundiff in 2005 against Detroit. Dan Bailey's attempt would have been the longest in the brief history of Cowboys Stadium history.
Garrett elected not to attempt the kick. Instead, he called a timeout and decided to punt after a meeting of the minds led by special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis. But when the Cowboys lined up to punt, Pittsburgh called timeout.
The Cowboys eventually punted.
Garrett said Bailey would have been kicking with the wind, and that gave him reason to think about it.
"The desperation yard line for us, with the wind, was the 42," Garrett said. "We looked at each other and said, 'What do you think? Probably not a good idea.' In that situation, if you miss it, you give them a real opportunity to go score the other way real quickly. The execution part of it after that was big. Brian (Moorman) did a nice job with the punt, we got the thing out of there, they chose to take a knee and then the defense made the great stop in the first drive of overtime."
Moorman's punt went for 43 yards and went out of the end zone for a touchback. Pittsburgh took a knee to send the game to overtime, where the Cowboys won 27-24.