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December 05, 2011

Garrett put his confidence in Bailey based on his previous game-winners

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he chose to let Dan Bailey try a 49-yard field goal to win the game against Arizona on Sunday because he had confidence in him, despite that he missed from 53 and banked in a kick from 50 earlier in the game.

“He’s been so good in those situations,” Garrett said. “He’s made four game-winning kicks for us in similar kind of situations, so the biggest thing that we were trying to do at that point was give him a chance to do that. He’s been so good.”

Bailey had made four game-winning kicks for the Cowboys, including two in overtime. He also made a 49-yard kick to tie the game and force overtime at San Francisco.

He had made 26 consecutive kicks until missing from 53 in the first quarter against Arizona.

“We’ve managed those situations in very similar fashion earlier in the year,” Garrett said. “If you remember in San Francisco, the first Washington game, the second Washington game and also against Miami. We just wanted to make sure he had an opportunity to kick the game winner, and we gave him the chance to do that and, unfortunately, it didn’t work out for us.”

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If they had two timeouts, they should use one timeout to stop the clock instead of spiking the ball. Then, they can run a safe play to see if they can get a few more yards.

Baily possibly can make 39 yards almost every time. But he might only make 49 yards 80 or 90% of time.

I think he made all those 5 critical kicks, less than 49 yards.

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