Dan Bailey needs one more field goal to qualify as the NFL’s all-time leader in percentage. He has made 99-of-109 kicks in his career, with his 90.8 percent accuracy ahead of Mike Vanderjagt’s 86.466.
Vanderjagt, who spent part of the 2006 season in Dallas, made 230-of-266 career kicks.
“For the most part, it’s kind of a non-factor, just because …in my head I want to play for another 10 years or so,” Bailey said. “That’s plenty of time to rack up some kicks and points and all that stuff, so it’s kind of irrelevant at this point. Obviously, you want to go out there and perform well, and you want to set high expectations for yourself so anytime that’s reflected, whether it’s stats or feedback from your peers or anything like that, I guess it’s a positive thing.”
Bailey had his ninth game-winner last week against Houston, with a 49-yard field goal in overtime. It came after he missed a 53-yarder on the final play of regulation.
“You never chalk anything up. You have to earn it,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “His mindset and mentality is about that every single day. He works so hard at his craft, and he’s a real professional. He’s really, really mentally strong, focused, can handle really any situation we put him in. We’ve given him plenty of opportunities throughout his career to win games for us, and typically he comes through. He did it again the other day for us. The operation is really good. [Long snapper] L.P. [Ladouceur] does a nice job. [Holder] Chris [Jones] does a nice job presenting that thing for us. The protection has been excellent as well in those situations, but we have a lot of confidence in Dan and rightfully so. He’s done it for us throughout his career.”