BALTIMORE – Dan Bailey
literally hadn’t missed since training camp – he was perfect in the preseason and perfect through four weeks, 59 minutes and 54 seconds of the regular season.
So, when the Cowboys’ best effort just wasn’t enough all day, of course the clutch kicker would miss with the game on the line. Every time the visitors earned a little momentum, the Ravens snatched it away, the story of this young season for the Cowboys, who fell to 2-3 when a swirling wind steered Bailey’s 51-yard game-winning attempt wide left.
Bailey accepted all responsibility for the miss, and his teammates likewise said the right things about the loss – no excuses for it, but plenty of reasons. Leaving such a lengthy kick would be the first to mind. Rather than get in position to run another play or spike the ball, the Cowboys offense let almost 20 seconds run off the clock before calling the timeout to set up the kick.
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