Monday, December 17, 2012
Dan Bailey does it again
By Todd Archer
ARLINGTON, Texas -- In less than two seasons Dan Bailey has tied the Cowboys’ record for game-winning field goals.
Bailey’s 21-yarder Sunday in overtime against Pittsburgh was the seventh winner of his career and the third in the Cowboys’ last four victories. He beat Cleveland in overtime with a 38-yarder in overtime and Cincinnati with a 40-yarder at the end of regulation.
“Any way you can win is good on my book,” said Bailey, who tied Rafael Septien. “I don’t put too much stock into the record part of anything.”
The Cowboys contemplated attempting a 61-yarder near the end of regulation because of a hefty breeze that came through the stadium with the doors open before electing to punt
“I was hitting it pretty good in pregame from pretty far back going that way so as far as confidence goes, I was pretty confident about it,” Bailey said. “But given the situation with that much time left on the clock, I understand doing it the way we did. I think it was the right call.”
After Brandon Carr’s interception put the ball at the Pittsburgh 1, the Cowboys had Tony Romo take a loss on first down to move the ball to the center of the field to help with the angle. Before Bailey could make the game-winner, the Steelers took a timeout in an attempt to ice him.
While thoughts of last year’s game at Arizona might have been in some minds, it wasn’t on Bailey’s.
“Especially in overtime you pretty much know they’re going to use that timeout in that situation,” Bailey said. “You really try to go out there with that expectation in your mind, so you’re focused on the kick, but you realize they’re going to use the time out and going to have to kick again.”