CHARLOTTE – Last week Dan Bailey could not convert from 51 yards for a game-winning kick at Baltimore. On Sunday, Bailey made four field goal attempts, including two in the final 3:25 for the Cowboys to leave Carolina with a 19-14 win.
“Last week was tough,” Bailey said. “It’s just a tough situation. It’s kind of hard to swallow sometimes. But it was good to go out there this week and when the opportunities came up I was able to put them through.”
Bailey made kicks from 19, 49, 28 and 38 yards. The 49-yarder late in the third quarter gave the Cowboys a 13-7 lead.
“Any time you get those longer attempts, it’s good to knock them through when you get the opportunity,” Bailey said. “You just want to make them. It was good to get that, get some points on the board. That’s what we needed the most, is get some points on the board.”
Bailey’s day, however, started with a kickoff out of bounds that gave the Panthers the ball at their 40. He ended it with a kickoff that sailed through the uprights. Bailey said he attempted to “kill the ball,” on his first kickoff.
“I had a quite a bit of adrenaline going for those last two kicks,” Bailey said. “We needed those kicks. I kind of got pretty pumped up about it. I’m glad it went out the back of the end zone, because they probably would have brought it out even if it was 9-deep.”