Sunday, November 24, 2013
Ho hum, Dan Bailey with another winner
By Todd Archer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Officially, the wind at kickoff was listed as 6 mph on Sunday. It seemed a lot more than that, and it was swirling inside MetLife Stadium.
But Dan Bailey was able to knock home a 35-yard field goal to give the Dallas Cowboys a 24-21 victory against the New York Giants.
“It died down a little bit [later in the game], but it was still there -- still a factor, I guess you could say,” Bailey said. “I felt like we had a pretty good read on it going from different directions, so you just kind of had to make the best of it.”
Bailey appeared to go through a more involved pregame warm-up, but he tried not to overthink the wind.
“For me, it was just put it through the upright,” Bailey said.
It was his eighth game winner, establishing a team record. He had been tied with Rafael Septien. Bailey is in his third NFL season, all with Dallas.
It was Bailey’s first game-winning kick this season and his first since beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime with a 21-yarder in Week 15 last season.
“I don’t know about that [being routine],” Bailey said. “It came down to three, and we’ve just got to go out there and do our job. Luckily we were able to do that today.”