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September 30, 2011

Time to move on after the six made field goals, Cowboys rookie kicker says

Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey said even though he made a lot of field goals Monday night, he’s got to forget about them and move on to the next game.

“Dwelling on success is just as detrimental to you as beating yourself up over something bad,” he said. “So you just kind of find a happy medium in there and not get too high or too low and just get out there and do what you do, just like practice.”

Bailey made six field goals in the Cowboys 18-16 victory against the Redskins. He’s 9-for-10 on the season, having missed only the 21-yarder in San Francisco. That count includes a 4-for-4 performance from 40-plus. He's hit from 48, 41, 41 and 40. The game-winner Monday night was a 40-yarder.

Asked if he welcomes pressure kicks, Bailey said, “To an extent, yeah. I think you have to. It’s just the nature of the position. There’s going to be pressure situations you’re going to be put in. How you handle them affects how your career goes and how you’re viewed as a kicker. You can’t really approach those situations any differently than say an extra point or something like that. Just go out there and try to make it.”

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