Monday, December 12, 2011
Dan Bailey talks about the blocked kick
By Calvin Watkins
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."