Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 12/5/11
The Dallas Cowboys made enough mistakes during their 19-13 loss to the Arizona yesterday, but none was bigger than Jason Garrett's time-out call an instant before kicker Dan Bailey kicked what would have been a game-winning 49-yard field goal with :03 seconds left on the clock.

With the score tied at 13, the Cowboys head coach iced his own kicker right before the kick went through the uprights but was nullified.

Bailey's attempt at the re-do fell short of the goal posts and the Cardinals went on to win the game in overtime.


"I was glad they iced their kicker at the end so I didn't have to do it," joked Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

The Cards won the coin toss before OT and Kevin Kolb's short screen to tiny LaRod Stephens-Howling ended up being a serpentine 48-yard game-winning score.

Garrett said he called the time-out before the kick because "the play clock was running down."

"We just wanted to make sure that he [Bailey] had a real clean opportunity at it," explained Garrett.  "It was at about six [seconds] and we were still getting settled in."

Dallas (7-5) could have gotten a stranglehold on the NFC East title by winning yesterday.  Now, they remain only one game ahead of the second place New York Giants (6-6) —who lost a heart-breaker to Green Bay.  The Cowboys and Giants still face each other in home-and home games down the stretch.

"It is disappointing but we still have everything we want in front of us," said Dallas tight end Jason Witten.

"We called the time-out, but it is my job to regroup and make the next one,"  said Bailey.  "I didn't do that.  No excuses."
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