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Maher's Late Miss Leaves A Bad Taste


ARLINGTON, Texas – It feels like an afterthought in such a strange game, but it was not Brett Maher's day.

The Cowboys kicker missed both of his attempts in the 34-24 loss to Green Bay – a 54-yarder at the end of the second quarter that would've cut the Packers' lead to 17-13, and a 33-yarder at the end of the fourth quarter that would have made it a seven-point game with 1:44 to play.

That performance drops him to 3-of-6 on the season, as he also missed a kick in the Week 3 win against Miami.

"Obviously, there were two big kicks that we needed, and he didn't make them," said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. "But he's made a lot of big kicks for us in the past. We have a lot of confidence in him and we will continue to give him opportunities."

To be honest, Maher hadn't been asked to do much to this point in the season – but seeing a miss from short distance brings up memories of a shaky training camp.

Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones admitted he'd prefer to not need to hold his breath when watching field goal attempts – but he pointed out that the Cowboys' problems on Sunday were bigger than missed field goals.

"Certainly, its something you think about it when you are trying to win by field goals," he said. "But most of the night, field goals weren't the difference here."