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Gano Steps Up In the Clutch


In Week 1, Redskins kicker Graham Gano pushed a 39-yard field goal wide right in his first attempt of the season.

A chance for redemption presented itself a week later, when Gano connected on three field goals, including a 34-yarder that proved to the game-winner in the Redskins' 22-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

Gano improved to 3-for-5 on field goals for the season. He said that he embraces the opportunity to win games in clutch situations.

"I feel like I am a better kicker now than I was last year," he said. "I missed the first one and everybody hated me for that. But I am completely confident and I feel good."

In the second quarter, Gano capped off a 77-yard drive with a 26-yard chip shot for his first field goal of the season.

His next field goal attempt, from 30 yards away, was blocked by Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell.

Gano wasn't rattled.

"The biggest thing is that you try not to think about it too much and you just go back to what you've done in practice," he said. "You kind of let your instincts take over."

Gano's instincts proved true, as he knocked through his final two kicks, a 23-yarder and the 34-yard game-winner.

"It definitely feels good," he said. "After the block, I went up to [special teams coordinator] Danny [Smith] and I told him that we were going to have a chance to win the game on a field goal. To win, that's all you want."

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