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Inside the Numbers: Graham Gano's clutch gene


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Graham Gano has played in only 35 games for the Giants, but he has already established himself as one of the most productive and reliable kickers in franchise history.

The 13-year veteran was at his accurate and unruffled best on Sunday, when he kicked four field goals and scored 13 points in the Giants' 19-16 victory against the Carolina Panthers in MetLife Stadium.

Gano kicked field goals of 36 and 33 yards in the first quarter and 51 and 56 yards in the fourth, the latter providing the game's decisive points with 3:34 remaining.

Gano has the only two games in Giants history in which a kicker booted a pair of 50+-yard field goals in the fourth quarter or overtime. On Sept. 16, 2021, in Washington, he kicked 52 and 55-yarders – plus a 35-yarder – in the fourth. The last NFL kicker with a pair of 50+-yard fourth-quarter field goals was Pittsburgh's Chris Boswell on Nov. 8, 2021 (54 and 52-yarders vs. Chicago).

Gano's 56-yard field goal is tied for the second-longest in Giants history. Ali Haji-Sheikh kicked 56-yarders twice in 1983, vs. Green Bay on Sept. 26 and at Detroit on Nov. 7. The franchise record of 57 yards was set by Aldrick Rosas against Chicago on Dec. 2, 2018.

Only seven field goals 55 yards and longer have been kicked in Giants history. Gano has three of them, more than any other kicker. He has the most recent Giants field goals from 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55 and 56 yards.

His two field goals from beyond 50 on Sunday increased his Giants total to 14 50+-yard field goals, which is five more than former recordholder Joe Danelo (1976-82).

It was the fourth time in his career – which includes tenures with Washington and Carolina – that he kicked two 50+-yard field goals in a game. That ties him for fourth among active kickers.

Gano's big day was the fifth time a Giants kicker had two field goals of at least 50 yards in a game. Gano has four of them. Before he arrived, it had last been done on Nov. 15, 1987, by Raul Allegre, who booted 53 and 52-yarders – the latter the game-winner with 3:48 remaining – at Philadelphia.

For the Giants, Gano has had eight games in which he kicked two field goals of at least 40 yards.

Since joining the Giants as a free agent in 2020, Gano has 64 field goals, the NFL's fourth-highest total in that time, behind Las Vegas' Daniel Carlson (78), Atlanta's Younghoe Koo (69) and Greg Zuerlein (65), who played for Dallas and is now with the Jets.

Gano needed just 69 attempts to make those 64 field goals, a 92.8 success rate that is second to Carlson (94.0) over that span (minimum: 25 attempts). That is the highest percentage in Giants history (minimum 50 attempts), Josh Brown is second at 91.7 % (88 of 96).

His 14 long field goals tied Gano with Koo for second place in 50+ yarders, behind Denver's Brandon McManus (16).

Since beginning his career in Washington in 2009, Gano has kicked 288 field goals and scored 1,210 points, both figures placing him seventh in the NFL in those 13 years. His 84.2 percentage is 11th (minimum 100 attempts) and his 34 field goals of at least 50 yards are tied for fifth.

Gano has 46 games with at least three field goals (fifth in the NFL since 2009), including 10 with the Giants; 13 with at least four field goals (eighth in the league), including four with the Giants; and one five field goal game, last season in Washington.

One more Gano note: On Oct. 7, 2018, he kicked a game-winning 63-yarder with one second remaining to give Carolina a 33-31 victory against the Giants in Charlotte. It is the longest field goal ever kicked against the Giants. If Gano kicks a 57-yarder for the Giants, he will become the only player in NFL history with the longest field goal for and against one franchise.

View the best photos of the Giants celebrating back-to-back wins to open the 2022 season.

*The Giants are 2-0 with victories against Tennessee and Carolina. They scored the game-winning points against the Titans with 1:06 remaining in the fourth quarter and against the Panthers with 3:34 left. This is the first time the Giants have won consecutive games when scoring the winning points in each in the final 3:34 since Dec. 15-23, 2001. They defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 17-13, when Kerry Collins threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Amani Toomer with 25 seconds remaining. The following week, Collins threw a seven-yard pass to Ike Hilliard with 20 seconds remaining to beat Seattle, 27-24.

*The Giants have a plus-four point differential (40-36) They are the first team to start 2-0 with such a slim scoring advantage since the 2019 Seahawks, who outscored Cincinnati and Pittsburgh 49-46 while winning their first two games.

*The Giants have won four straight games and nine of their last 10 when holding the opposition to less than 20 points. Their most recent loss was 17-14 to Atlanta last Sept. 26.

*Daniel Jones' 34 passes Sunday increased his career total to 1,323. That moved him past Hall of famer Y.A. Tittle (1,308) and into seventh place on the Giants' career list.

*Jones' 10 rushing attempts against Carolina were a career high. He has had nine carries in a game four times, most recently against Philadelphia on Nov. 28, 2021.

*David Sills, Tanner Hudson and Daniel Bellinger each caught their first passes from Jones, raising to 39 the number of different Giants who have receptions on Jones passes.

*Bellinger became the 16th player to catch a Jones touchdown pass.

*Saquon Barkley leads the NFL in rushing yards (236) and is second to Miami's Tyreek Hill in yards from scrimmage (282).

*With 72 yards on Sunday, Barkley increased his career rushing yardage total to 3,173 yards. That moved him past Hall of Famer Tuffy Leemans (3,132) and into 11th place on the franchise's career list. Eddie Price is 10th with 3,292.

*Brian Daboll is the 20th head coach in Giants history and just the fourth to win each of his first two games. The others were Joseph Alexander in 1926, Dan Reeves in 1993 and Ben McAdoo in 2016. Co-coaches Steve Owen and Benny Friedman won their two games together at the end of the 1930 season. Reeves is the only Giants coach to start his career 3-0.

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