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Graham Gano named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Graham Gano continues to earn accolades for his run of excellent performances for the Giants.

The 12-year veteran today received his fourth career NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award and second in his two seasons with the Giants after he helped propel the Giants to a 25-3 victory against the Carolina Panthers, his former team.

Gano made all three of his field goal attempts, from 49, 53 and 44 yards, in his first game against Carolina since leaving the Panthers, for whom he played from 2012-18 (he did not play in 2019). It was Gano's 43rd career game with at least three field goals.

The 53-yard field goal was his fifth this season, tying the franchise single-season record that Gano set in 2020. He kicked 52 and 55-yard field goals at Washington on Sept. 16 and a pair of 51-yarders at Dallas on Oct. 10 (when he also missed a 54-yard try).

Gano's 10 field goals of 50+ yards in just 23 games is a franchise career record. Joe Danelo had held the mark of nine since he left the Giants following the 1982 season.

This was the fourth time in Giants history a kicker booted three field goals longer than 40 yards in a game. Gano has three of those games, including two this season. He kicked field goals of 47, 52 and 55 (plus 23 and 35-yarders) at Washington on Sept. 16. On Sept. 27, 2020, Graham had field goals 52, 42 and 47 yards vs. San Francisco. Josh Brown was the first Giants kicker to accomplish the feat with field goals of 41, 52 and 45 yards at Detroit on Dec. 22, 2013.

Gano is second in the league with 15 field goals, one behind league leader Nick Folk of New England.

Gano most recently was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for his contributions to the Giants' victory in Washington on Nov. 8, 2020, when he kicked field goals of 38, 48 and 42 yards and three of his six kickoffs were touchbacks.

He also won the award in Week 16 of 2010 with Washington and Week 5 of 2018 with the Panthers. Gano was also the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month in November 2015 and October 2018. He received the latter award in part for kicking a 63-yard game-winning field goal that was the longest ever by a Giants opponent.

In two seasons with the Giants, Gano has made 46 of 49 field goal attempts (93.9%), including 10 of 12 (83.3%) from 50+ yards.

Gano is the fourth Giants kicker to earn multiple player of the week awards, joining Brad Daluiso, Matt Bryant and Josh Brown.

Gano is the second Giants player to receive an award this season. Quarterback Daniel Jones was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 402 yards and two touchdowns in a comeback victory in New Orleans on Oct. 3.

View photos from the New York Giants' 25-3 victory over the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium.

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