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December 09, 2012

Dan Bailey makes a memorable kick in a game he won't forget

Dan Bailey has made game-winning kicks for the Cowboys before.

But this one, he won’t forget.

“I don’t think anybody on this team will, for any reason,” he said Sunday after his 40-yard field goal to win the game. “It’s definitely special.”

Bailey’s kick was the final punctuation on an emotional two days for the Cowboys.

“I don’t know if it’s really going to sink in now. Maybe down the road, maybe over the next couple of weeks, it’ll start to sink in,” Baley said. “I definitely won’t forget this game.”

For Bailey, it was the second game-winning kick of the season for him. His 38-yarder won for the Cowboys in overtime against Cleveland. But unlike the Cleveland kick, this was a make-or-lose attempt, like the 51-yarder he missed at Baltimore in October.

“Obviously, there’s a lot on the line in those kicks, but you try to put that aside and just go out there and trust yourself and put it through,” he said.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the team was trying to get to the 32-yard line to feel good about a kick, but that they would have tried a kick from anywhere inside the 40.

“We had the wind at our back,” he said. “We had to make a decision at halftime in the game – do we want to take the wind in the third quarter or do we want to take it at the end of the game. We opted to take it for the fourth quarter, and it worked out for us. That gives you a chance at the end of the game to maybe kick a little farther field goal if you need to if it’s that kind of a game.

“And sure enough it turned out to be that.”

Bailey kicked four game-winners for the Cowboys last year.

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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