Dan Bailey is so money that he and the rest of his teammates thought his 50-yard attempt was good Sunday. Jason Witten, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick and Bailey already were celebrating the three points.
“I hit it,” Bailey said Tuesday. “Usually, if I know it’s going in, we don’t even watch it go through. That’s what we did on that one. Wit came up. Zack and Travis, all of the linemen, came up like it was in. Then, they heard some of the Bills players saying it wasn’t good.
“It’s tough. The wind was coming straight in on that end. Depending on if you got a gust or not, that was kind of the range. The good thing is I had it on the right line. It just didn’t get there. It’s disappointing, but I can live with it.”
It was only Bailey’s second miss of the season. He is 30-of-32, with his only other miss a 48-yarder against Tampa Bay that was wide right.
On a cold, windy day in Buffalo, Bailey hit a 46-yarder on the team’s first drive and lined up for a 50-yarder on the second drive that would have given the Cowboys a 6-0 lead.
“That was the distance,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “That was right on the border of what we talked about where we would kick it from. So we gave him a chance to do that. We wanted to be inside the 35 there, so we were going to go up to about the 52 or 53 based on how he kicked it in warm-ups, and a little bit longer the other way.
“He hit it fairly well, and I think he felt like it was good. I’m not sure if you saw it on the tape, but guys are saying, ‘Nice job,’ and then it just hits some wind up there and didn’t carry as far as he would have liked. Again, we’re going to give him every chance. He’s a great kicker. If you remember, he hit a long field goal against Seattle last year in a similar situation. So he’s the kind of guy you want to give opportunities to. We don’t want to take opportunities away from him. I thought he hit it well, just didn’t get it there.”
The first-time Pro Bowler appreciates kicking in AT&T Stadium even more now. Both of his misses his season were in outdoor games. But for his career, Bailey has missed 15 times – eight indoors, including five at home, and seven outdoors.
Bills kicker Dan Carpenter told Bailey after the game that’s “one of the toughest ways to kick in the league.”
“You’re going to have those,” Bailey said. “It doesn’t happen very often. Sometimes you can go everything right, and for some reason, it doesn’t go in.”