BALTIMORE -- There wasn’t a Cowboy -- or those associated with the team – who felt that Dan Bailey would not win Sunday’s game at Baltimore with a 51-yard field goal with six seconds to play.
“I am not ashamed of the fact that when we lined up there with the wind to his back, I counted it,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. “I thought he’d make that field goal. With the way he’s kicked this year, I sure did."
Instead, Bailey’s attempt drifted to the left with the help of a gusty win, forcing the Cowboys to leave with a 31-29 loss to the Ravens.
“It’s obviously not a good feeling,” Bailey said. “Everybody worked their butts off today and it came down to a kick and it didn’t go in. I don’t know what else to say other than it hurt and I’m going to do my best to make the next one.”
Bailey had made all eight field goal tries on the season, including three Sunday from 42, 43 and 34 yards.
“I felt like I struck it pretty well,” Bailey said. “Obviously not well enough. But that’s one of the things about this position. You know where you stand as soon as the ball leaves your foot. It’s either going in or it’s not. There’s no gray area. It doesn’t matter how I hit it. It didn’t go in.”
Bailey won four games last year with his kicking, but he had a 49-yard try at Arizona on Dec. 4, 2011, fall short that would have beaten the Cardinals and the next week against the New York Giants, he had a game-tying try from 47 yards blocked by Jason Pierre-Paul.
After the miss, Jason Witten consoled Bailey and the tight end had words for the kicker again in the locker room.
“There’s not another kicker in this league you’d trade him for,” Witten said. “Training camp, practices, games, tough games, he’s been rock solid. Last year, too. I told him to hang in there. He didn’t need to hear from me because he’s mentally toughness to understand that position, but you want him to know we support him.”