Sunday, October 23, 2011
Sun can't stop Cowboys K Dan Bailey
By Todd Archer
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dan Bailey had no idea he was attempting a career-long 51-yard field goal in the third quarter against St. Louis.
“Honestly, I was kind of more worried about the sun when I went out there,” Bailey said. “The sun was right in my face so I didn’t pay attention to how far it was. I didn’t get to see it go through because I was looking right into the sun.”
Bailey nailed the 51-yarder in addition to a 30-yarder with 15 seconds left in the first half to up the Dallas lead to 17-7 to extend his streak of made field goal tries to 16. It’s the longest streak by a Cowboy kicker since Nick Folk in 2008-09 and the second-longest in team history by a rookie. Richie Cunningham made 18 in a row in 1997.
“I’m not sure of the exact number,” Bailey said. “I’m not superstitious about it. I haven’t paid much attention to it. I just focus on going one for one when I get out there. It’s good to string some together, but I’m not worried too much about it.”