Four Made Field Goals A Turnaround For Graham Gano, But Not All Perfect
LANDOVER, Md. – The last three weeks have been a relative nightmare for Graham Gano.
The Redskins’ kicker made only five of his 10 field goal attempts and saw his conversion percentage drop to 65.4 percent, the worst in the NFL entering Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.
Gano rebounded in a big way, however, making four field goals in the Redskins’ 34-19 home loss.
“Individually, I felt like I played OK,” said Gano, who made field goals from 33, 23, 46 and 43 yards against New York. “There was a few kicks I wish I could have hit the ball a bit better on. Yeah, I mean, I just tried to go out there and perform on every opportunity I get, and I’m glad that we took advantage of those field goals.”
One problem for Gano on Sunday was his kickoffs. Among the leaders in net yards on kickoffs and touchback percentage, Gano sent two of his six kickoffs into the end zone Sunday, but one was woefully short.
After making his 46-yard field goal with 7:52 to play in the fourth quarter, Gano scraped the turf and sent a low line drive to the Jets’ 20-yard line, where it was fielded rookie fullback Josh Baker and returned 29 yards.
That return started the Jets’ five-play, 51-yard scoring drive that resulted in a 30-yard go-ahead touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez to Santonio Holmes with 4:49 to play.
“I think you could see from TV and everywhere, that field’s a bit chopped up,” Gano said. “That happens when they play college games and have concerts and all that on it. It happens. You have to adjust. I hit the ground on it. For the type of play we’re doing, I have to adjust a little bit, and it’s unfortunate that I hit the ground. I wish I could have had it back.”