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Gano: Wind factored into both missed field goals

Washington Redskins kicker Graham Gano said wind had to do with him missing two long field goals in Washington’s 20-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Gano in the first half missed a 50-yard attempt toward the west end zone, and late in the game, he missed a 49-yard attempt into the same end zone.

The flags at the top of the uprights were blowing in a southeast direction, and the ball narrowly floated wide left both times. In the second quarter, Miami’s Dan Carpenter missed a field goal while kicking into the same end zone.

Asked how much of a factor he believed the wind had played in his misses, Gano said, “Big time. That wind was difficult all day going that way. I struck them well both times. Me and their other kicker were talking, and he said anything past 40 would be difficult. So those were 49 and 50, which is something I’m normally definitely capable of making.”

Gano was coming off of a game in which he nailed a 59-yard field goal, which was both a career and franchise best. He entered Sunday’s game having made 13 of 16 attempts, but three of those failed kicks were blocked by opponents.

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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