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Monday, November 25, 2013

NFL Week Twelve: Kicking in the Wind - Dan Bailey, Justin Tucker, Billy Cundiff & Stephen Gostkowski

It was cold and windy in the northeast yesterday. That of course created less than ideal kicking conditions in quite a few games.

Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey hit a 35 yard field as time expired to give Dallas a 24-21 win over the New York Giants.
“For me, it was just put it through the uprights,” Bailey said. “I don’t know if there were too many factors that went into it. We did our job pre-game trying to get a good measure on the wind and the weather and the cold, so I think altogether we did a good job and were able to put the final points on the board....

We had talked about that a little bit, what hash was better. I don’t know that we really fully decided which one was better going that way, we just knew that was the easier way to go. Still a challenge, still windy, still got to take it into account, but like I said, we’ve just got to go out there no matter what the circumstance and do your best....

But it was still there. Still a factor, I guess you could say. But I felt like we had a pretty good read on it from different directions. You just kind of make the best of it.”
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker hit four field goals (30, 26, 33 & 53 yards) in Baltimore's 19-3 win over the New York Jets.
"Seems like over the last several weeks conditions have been crazy in general. A couple weeks ago, here against Cincinnati, it got colder as the game went on, then we went to Chicago and that was crazy. And then what we had today. It was more wind pickup during the game. Just to be able to come through for my guys was great....

At the end of the day, just getting the job done, that's what it's all about."
Browns kicker Billy Cundiff missed a 46 yard field goal attempt wide left during Cleveland's 27-11 loss to Pittsburgh.
“I was definitely disappointed I missed that. I played it right of center, but I probably should have gone maybe even outside the post. ... Right when I was getting ready to kick, the wind [picked] up.”
In a long game with many story lines, New England eventually won 34-31 over Denver in overtime, on a 31 yard field goal by Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
“Winning in general is fun. When you get to touch the ball last it’s even sweeter. What a crazy game and what a fun finish. To come back and win like that is definitely special....
You always gotta be ready. In a game like that, you just gotta keep your composure. I wasn’t just going back to sit on a heated bench. I was keeping my mind ready because there was one more chance to get the ball back if they punted it back. That’s what you practice for, that’s what you play for -- the opportunity to come through and win it for your team and we did a good job of it tonight....
The wind was pretty good and anytime the temperature is lower and the wind is higher, the harder it is to kick. Luckily we had the wind behind our back on that last kick. Obviously you could tell, kickoffs going one way were going five yards out of the end zone and they were going to the 10 [yard line] the other way. It’s tough, but it was a lot of fun. Ryan [Allen] and Danny [Aiken] did a great job on the last kick, the line obviously blocked really well. It was just sweet. Definitely going to enjoy this one for a couple days.”

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