The Cowboys believe in Dan Bailey, and why shouldn’t they? He’s the most accurate kicker in NFL history.
“I mean, Dan is the best that there is at those kicks,” tight end Jason Witten said.
Witten lifted Bailey off the ground after the kicker’s 54-yarder went through the uprights with nine seconds left to give the Cowboys a 19-16 victory. He is 20-of-27 from 50 yards and beyond in his career, including 4-for-4 this season.
It was Bailey’s 10th game-winner, the most in team history.
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“It was excitement,” Bailey said. “We were all in that moment. This team is about fight. We were fighting hard. To come away with a win was pretty exciting. I didn’t know if he was going to tackle me or what. He is a pretty big guy. It was exciting. It was a lot of fun.”
Bailey has gone 25 of 26 this season. He hit from 38, 34, 20 and 54 yards on Monday night.
“It’s just another kick,” Bailey said. “You try not to make it bigger than what it is. You really try to dumb down the situation and kind of take the pressure off yourself. I have a ton of confidence in the operation. A great group of guys to do our job with. It eases my mind.”
Bailey’s only miss this season came on a 48-yard attempt at Tampa Bay, breaking a streak of 21 consecutive.
“He’s just a great kicker,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said last week. “You think about the number of different things he’s done for our football team. The way he’s made these kicks week in and week out, year in and year out, how effective he is as a kickoff guy. He’s just an outstanding football player.”