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Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey wanted shot at long-distance game winner

Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey (5) made four field goals against the New York Giants Sunday but laments the possible game winner didn’t get to attempt.
Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey (5) made four field goals against the New York Giants Sunday but laments the possible game winner didn’t get to attempt. TNS

Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey made four field goals in the 21-20 loss to the New York Giants Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

But after the game, all everyone wanted to talk about was the one he didn’t get to attempt.

When receiver Terrance Williams ran up field instead going out of bounds following a catch in the waning moments of the game, the clock ran out on the Cowboys.

If he had simply run straight to the sideline, there may been enough time to attempt game-winning 62-yard field.

But because Williams didn’t get out of bounds, the Cowboys and Bailey didn’t get that opportunity.

“In those situations, you can be flexible,” Bailey said. “Our number before the game was 56, 57. I think we were looking at maybe a 61, 62. But in that situation, why not? Go ahead and give it a shot. You’d love the opportunity to knock it through. Fortunately, we were about two seconds short and didn’t get the opportunity.”

Bailey made field goals of 23, 56, 35 and 54 yards on Sunday. So he was feeling good about his leg and feeling good about his chances of making a long one indoors at AT&T Stadium.

Bailey has made long of 62 yards in practice before but has never attempted one from that distance in a game.

“Playing here is a huge advantage for any specialist,” Bailey said. “You dont have wind conditions to worry about. It's a great place to kick. I felt the ball was traveling pretty well today.”

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