Here’s something you don’t see everyday in the NFL.
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett iced his own kicker on Sunday in Dallas’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals, by calling a timeout immediately before kicker Dan Bailey was set to attempt a game winning 49 yard field goal.
Bailey would make the practice kick and then miss the real thing moments later.
In overtime, the Cardinals won the toss and won the game on the first play, a Kevin Kolb pass to LaRod Stephens-Howling for 52 yards and a 19-13 Cards win.
The loss kept the Cowboys 1 game ahead of the New York Giants for the NFC East Division, but could have given Dallas a 2 game cushion with 4 to play.
The timeout wasn’t the only odd thing to occur in the Cowboys last drive.
With the clock running, the Cowboys had two timeouts remaining and the ball at the Cardinals 31-yard line with 31 seconds left in the game. Garrett chose not to call a timeout and had quarterback Tony Romo spike the ball, leaving seven seconds left.
The 24 seconds left could have been useful for at least 2-3 more plays, allowing the Cowboys to move the ball closer for Bailey.
“We very well could have taken a timeout there,” Garrett said after the game via ESPNDallas.com. “We felt like we were in field-goal range. We have yard lines that we use as guidelines before the game. We felt like we were in range at that point.
“You see so many situations where you have negative plays in those situations. We felt like we were in his range to give him a chance to kick the game-winner. Once you get to that 30-yard line we felt like that was a pretty good opportunity for us.”
As for owner Jerry Jones:
“We had an alternative. We could have run two, possibly three more plays there, but we have a lot of confidence in that kicker. It didn’t work. We all would have liked to have had 20 more yards. But that’s really speculating as to what we’d have done with the ball,” Jones said.