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December 12, 2011

Practice kick helps Pierre-Paul to block real one

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was trying his best to block Dan Bailey's 47-yard, game-tying field-goal attempt. But he couldn't get there.

"The first one, the guard blocked me," Pierre-Paul said. "He's a strong cat, you know? He was heavy; I couldn't push him."

But Bailey's kick didn't count. Giants coach Tom Coughlin called a timeout before the ball was snapped.

"I didn't even know it was a timeout," Pierre-Paul said. "I thought we were going into overtime."

Pierre-Paul blocked the one that counted, going through long snapper JP Ladouceur to preserve the Giants' victory.

"The second one, I was like, 'Man, I have to push through the center to at least try to get the blocked kick," Pierre-Paul said. "I gave great effort, and I blocked the kick. I didn't go through the guard. I stepped left and blocked through the center. It felt good."

It was the second week in a row that the Cowboys have missed a field goal in the final seconds. Last week, Bailey was short on a 49-yard attempt after Jason Garrett called a timeout as Bailey's practice kick sailed through the uprights. Bailey has won four games this season, including three decided on the final play.

-- Charean Williams




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