Dan Bailey talks about the blocked kick

December, 12, 2011

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The first blocked kick of the season came at the wrong moment for the Cowboys.

Dan Bailey's 47-yarder in the closing seconds was blocked up the middle, preserving a 37-34 victory for New York Giants on Sunday night.

The kick was blocked by Jason Pierre-Paul, who said he took a different route to the ball on Bailey's second attempt following a Giants timeout.

When Bailey kicked the ball the first time, Pierre-Paul said he tried to get past the guard but had no luck. But the Giants had called timeout just before the kick.

On the second attempt, Pierre-Paul waited for deep snapper L.P. Ladouceur to put his head up after snapping the ball and then went over him to block the kick.

"I felt like I hit the first one good," said Bailey, who made two kicks from 49 yards out Sunday night. "And I thought I was hitting the ball well today. It's one of those things and [you] look at it on tape and see what went wrong and move on."

It's been a difficult stretch for Bailey, who made 26 consecutive kicks -- tying for the second-longest streak in franchise history -- until missing a 53-yarder at Arizona. But Bailey made kicks from 50 and 37 yards in that game. And his 49-yarder at the end of regulation that would have won the game for the Cowboys was wide left.

Now he's missed his last two potential game-winning or game-tying kicks.

"My thoughts were 'Let's go win the game.' That’s all I can do is go out there and put it through," Bailey said. "I'm not really sure what happened. I was never thinking, 'Oh no.' That's what I'm here for, to make field goals. It's never a negative thought. It's always positive."

Bailey said he felt like he hit the ball solid but didn't have a clear understanding as to what happened on the miss.

"I'm not happy with it," he said. "I didn’t make it."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.



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