Dan Bailey has been the Cowboys kicker since 2011, and "I'm not sure how many I have missed," Bailey told me in an exclusive interview with The Big Mac Blog. Not every reporter can just an interview a kicker.
Bailey has made 97 of 106 field goals in his career. That’s a 91.5 percent accuracy. Fairly decent, and not many misses to remember. If my math is correct, he has missed nine field goals in his career. He is 8 for 8 this season on field goals, and I wanted to see if he remembers the last time he missed.
“Uhh … San Diego,” he said.
Bingo – give the man a cigar.
On Sept. 9, 2013 in San Diego, Bailey missed a 56-yard attempt in the second quarter. Should have cut him on the spot.
“I remember it was a pretty long one,” he said. “I hit it pretty well; it just went a little left.”
"It is one of those things that you do remember the misses," he said. "I try to remember all of them, especially the long kicks, or end of game situations."
I tried to stump him.
"Oh ... yeah. Hard one to forget," he said.
On Oct. 14, 2012, Bailey missed a 51-yard field goal with a few seconds remaining that would have won the game. It was one of two misses he had that year.
ME: The Giants?
"Yep - my rookie year. (Jason Pierre Paul) got it," he said.
With six seconds remaining, the Cowboys ran Bailey on the field for a potential game-tying kick from 47 yards.
The man has a memory to match the leg.
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