Dan Bailey didn’t even know he had broken the Dallas Cowboys’ record for most field goals made on Sunday.
He found out later when someone had given him the record-breaking ball on his second field goal of the day, the 163rd of his career and one better than the previous record holder, Rafael Septien (162).
“It’s just a huge honor to be able to play that long to kick that many field goals,” said Bailey, who is in sixth season. “When you’re up there with names like Septien, who had a great career here, obviously that’s a huge honor.
“My goal is to play more, so enjoy it a little bit. It’s a good milestone. But I think how this team is playing this year is more exciting than anything, so I’m just trying to enjoy that.”
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Bailey also set the record for longest kick at Heinz Field earlier this month, drilling a 53-yarder.
Bailey is having another solid season, connecting on 19-of-21 field goals and all 30 of his PAT attempts. He has never missed a PAT attempt in his career, in fact, converting on all 234 tries.
That can’t be said for the rest of the league. There were 12 PATs missed or blocked on Sunday. Bailey pointed to last year’s rule change of making PATs 33-yard kicks as having the desired effect, although didn’t read too much into it.
“I’m sure there’s been a time where all the quarterbacks threw an exuberant amount of interceptions in one day,” Bailey said. “It’s a crazy stat that just happened to happen [Sunday]. I’m sure everything will go back to normal this week.”