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December 16, 2012

Garrett explains short kickoff from Bailey in third quarter

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett explained the short kickoff from Dan Bailey in the third quarter, with the Cowboys leading 17-10. The Steelers used a short field to tie the game.

“There was a wind on our bench going from left to right, so we were kicking into the wind,” Garrett said. “We wanted to use that instead of kicking a high, soft one that was going to land not in the end zone and give them a good chance to return it. We wanted to use a power kick there and drive the ball a little bit.

“You want to get it past that second line. We didn’t quite get that done and gave them good field position. We thought the idea was a good one, given the circumstances and going into the wind. Ultimately, we didn’t execute as well as we needed to.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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