ARLINGTON, Texas — Dan Bailey wanted one more opportunity.
As consistent as any NFL kicker the past two seasons, Bailey, a Lou Groza winner from Oklahoma State, booted five field goals in the Dallas Cowboys' 37-36 loss to Green Bay on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium.
Among his five field goals were two 50-yarders. That gives Bailey six 50-yards-or-longer field goals this season, a Dallas franchise record.
“Any individual stats are a nonissue for me today,” Bailey said. “This late in the season it's all about wins and losses. Obviously, points today were at a premium. It's just too bad we didn't have more.”
In the first half, when both teams were struggling to sustain drives, Bailey kicked field goals of 23, 50, 47 and 43 yards to help the Cowboys build a 26-3 halftime cushion. Bailey added another 50-yarder in the third quarter.
“(Bailey) was fantastic,” said Dallas coach Jason Garrett. “But sometimes that's good and bad. We gave him too many opportunities. We got in that fringe area a couple of time and couldn't (score a touchdown). But he's a great kicker.”
A Yukon product who attended Southwest Covenant, Bailey has converted 17 consecutive field goals dating back to Dallas' loss Sept. 29 at San Diego.