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.
“It's always good to string some together and get in some kind of groove,” Bailey said. “Consistency is the name of the game. I just try to approach every game and every kick the same.”
In his third season with the Cowboys, Bailey has converted 90.4 percent of his field goals, including 93.0 percent the past two seasons (53-of-57).
“He does his job as well as anyone on our football team,” Garrett said. “He is very reliable.”
Bailey is almost automatic inside 47 yards.
On field goal attempts 46 yards or closer, Bailey is 53-of-55 in his career, a sizzling 96.4 percent. His only misses were a 35-yarder earlier this season against the Rams and a 21-yard chip shot early his rookie season at San Francisco, a game he made amends with a game-winner in overtime.
“I put a lot of emphasis on longer kicks in the offseason,” Bailey said. “I think that's definitely carrying over.”