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October 14, 2012

Dan Bailey finally shows he is human by missing his first game-winner

Dan Bailey had made the first four game-winning attempts in his career. He had been money for the Cowboys.

“We call him automatic,” said receiver Dez Bryant, who played with Bailey at Oklahoma State. 

Bailey beat the 49ers last year, with a 48-yarder as time expired in regulation to send it to overtime and then had a 19-yarder in the extra period. He had a 40-yard, game-winner with 1:47 left in an 18-16 victory over the Redskins in the home opener, and he beat them again in Washington with a 39-yarder in overtime. He provided the deciding points in a 20-19 victory over the Dolphins on a 28-yarder as time expired.

So when the Cowboys reached the Baltimore 33-yard line with 6 seconds left, they didn’t hesitate to put the game on Bailey’s right cleat.

“We had the wind to our back,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “We thought we could make that. I thought we could make it.”

Bailey had been a perfect 8-for-8, including kicks of 42, 43 and 34 yards Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, before his game-winning, 51-yard attempt was wide left.

“I hit it pretty good,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it was at the end of my range. It was just, it didn’t go in.”

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean

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