When Dan Bailey missed a 48-yard field goal in the second quarter, it ended a streak of 21 straight successful field goals dating back to last season.
He made three in the 2014 season finale at Washington (12/28) and his first 18 in 2015. It tied his 2012-13 total (21) for the fifth-longest streak in team history.
Bailey’s last miss came on a 53-yard attempt against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 21, 2014. He made his first 18 straight of 2015, including kicks of 52 and 53 yards on Sunday before the miss with the wind at his back.
“It just didn’t come back in,” Bailey said. “Pre-game, going that way, the ball was traveling well, but it was bringing it back in pretty good. I thought I struck it well. Obviously I’m disappointing I missed, but at the same time, I thought I put a good hit on it. The wind just didn’t bring it back in.”
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The 53-yarder in the second quarter against the Buccaneers went in after hitting upright. It was the second time in the last two games that Bailey banked in a field goal.
He hit the up rights on a 44-yarder that sent last week’s game against the Eagles into overtime before the Cowboys succumbed 33-27.
The banks shots might have been signs of trouble for the normally perfect Bailey. After hitting the uprights of two of his previous three makes, he finally missed on Sunday.
“Honestly I wasn’t too aware of how many in a row it was,” Bailey said. “That’s kind of the goal. Try to stack good kicks together. If you do that, you’re usually going to have a little bit of success. Obviously it’s putting points on the board, so it’s going to help the team out.
“But at the end of the day, we’ve got to have more points than they do to win the ball game. Unfortunately we didn’t do that today.”