Dan Bailey’s first trip to San Francisco will be one he never forgets.
A rookie in Week 2 of 2011, Bailey missed a 21-yarder on the first series, rushing after getting on late and missing wide left. But he made a 48-yarder on the last play of regulation to tie the game and won it in overtime with a 19-yarder.
“The nature of our job is it’s one kick at a time, and you kind of have to put them behind you as fast as you can,” Bailey said. “Looking back now, that’s probably the best thing that could have happened to me in a sense. I mean, obviously I would have loved to have made it, but to have that much of a lull and that much of a high in one game really kind of gave me a baseline on how to keep a happy medium and just stay level-headed. If you make it, great. If you miss it, move on to the next one.”
Bailey has since become the NFL’s all-time most accurate kicker, making 151 of 167 field goals or 90.4 percent.