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Monday, December 5, 2011
Jason Garrett's judgment was 50-50

By Calvin Watkins

When Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett elected to have kicker Dan Bailey attempt a 49-yard field goal on Sunday vs. Arizona, the odds were even that the kick was going to be good.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the average conversion on 49-yard field goals this season is 52.2 percent. Not great, but OK.

Since 2003, the Cowboys have made 5-of-10 attempts from 49 yards.

The sequence of events before Bailey's 49-yard field goal clearly bothered him. After the Cowboys spiked the ball with seven seconds left, Bailey lined up and made the 49-yarder but a Dallas timeout forced him to attempt it again.

His second try was wide left. The snap was a little high, but punter/holder Mat McBriar did a nice job of getting the ball down but he spun the ball a little too much causing Bailey to pause on his approach.

"First one felt like I hit it good, obviously it went in," Bailey said. "We called a timeout and that's my job to regroup and go back and make the next one and I didn't do that. No excuses. I should have made it. Just bad circumstances. All I can do is go and kick the next one."

Attempting any kick from 40-49 yards is iffy at times. In 2009, Nick Folk went 5-12 from that area but the next season, David Buehler went 8-11.

You just never know what you're going to get sometimes.

"It didn't feel good," Bailey said of the 49-yard miss. "It didn't go in. It's not what I was looking for. I should have made it and I didn't. You live and you learn."