Graham Gano: ‘No excuses’ for missed field goal in loss to Cowboys


View Photo Gallery: After a fierce back-and-forth with Cowboys, the Redskins lose by a field goal in overtime.

Washington Redskins kicker Graham Gano could offer little insight as to what went wrong on his missed 52-yard field goal, which could have won his team the game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

“Missed it. That’s it. No excuses,” said the second-year pro, who pushed the kick wide right. “Just missed it. It felt good, but obviously wasn’t.”

Prior to Gano’s miss, Washington had reached the Dallas 34-yard line. And despite the distance, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said he never considered punting rather than attempting the field goal.

“The reason I didn’t think about it is he’s been very consistent with his field goals in practice,” Shanahan said of Gano, who two weeks ago nailed a 59-yard field goal against San Francisco. “The distance had nothing to do with it. Not a question of field position. … I don’t know how close [Gano was to making the kick], but we’re obviously disappointed it didn’t go through.”

The failed attempt marked the second of the game for Gano, who in the third quarter also missed a 49-yarder wide right. Gano made one 40-yard attempt in the game, and was coming off of a game in which he had two other misses while kicking into the wind against Miami.

Wind didn’t impact either of Gano’s misses on Sunday, however, and the kicker said both kicks felt good.

“The first one I missed, I couldn’t have hit it any better. I hit it best I could. It was going down the middle and it kept drifting to the right,” said Gano, who on the season has made 16 of 24 attempts with three of those kicks getting blocked. “It’s very frustrating. I don’t feel any pressure out there whatsoever. I love those opportunities, and not to be able to pull through, it’s very frustrating.

“I think just like anyone else, I’m pissed off, but I have to move on,” said Gano, who last season made three game-winning field goals in overtime. “It was a long field goal, and the odds of making them aren’t great, but I definitely feel like I’m more than capable of making them. … I’ve shown plenty that I’m mentally fine. I make big kicks all the time. I just missed it.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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