It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey, whose last-second success has suddenly turned sour.
After setting an NFL rookie record with 26 consecutive field goals, including four game-winners, he has now missed two game-winners in a row: last week’s 49-yarder at Arizona and Sunday’s 47-yarder Sunday night that was blocked by Jason Pierre-Paul.
The ironic thing is Bailey actually made both kicks the first time he attempted them. However, in both instances, a timeout was called, forcing a second kick that was no good.
When Giants coach Tom Coughlin called timeout Sunday night, Bailey said it seemed like “the seventh time this season” he has had to kick after a timeout.
“My thoughts were, ‘Let’s go out and win this game,’” said Bailey, who hit a pair of 49-yarders earlier in the game. “That’s all I can do is go out there and put it through. I’m not really sure what happened, but I was never thinking, ‘Oh no.’ It’s never a negative thought.”
Bailey said he is unsure why the final kick was blocked.
“I have to go back and look at the tape,” he said. “I know they’re a big middle rush team.”
— Lori Dann