The Place Kicker. It's one of the most nerve wrecking positions in the game of football. And some of the greatest games in NFL history have come down to a last second or game-changing ball floating through the uprights.
For the Carolina Panthers' Graham Gano, this year has been filled with record setting accomplishments as well as soul-sinking moments in time. The latter occurred during the Panthers' 20-19 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Connecting on his missed field goal attempt could have lifted the Panthers to a win.
Many believe Gano should have been more successful on Sunday - espescially in comparison to the 63 yarder Gano made to beat the Giants earlier this year. There were no weather concerns or climate effected turf conditions. But despite being in what most would consider optimal kicking conditions, Gano saw his streak of 28 consecutive field goals come to an end.
But Ron Rivera said Monday that he isn't ready to throw in the towl on Gano just yet. "Let's not forget the guy made a 63 yarder to beat the Giants ...so let's all calm down."
Cam Newton attempted to connect with Jarius Wright in the end zone for the 2-point conversion which would have given the Panthers the lead with just over a minute left in the game. But Newton's pass drifted out of reach and the missed opportunity sealed the victory for the Lions instead.
If the Panthers, now (6-4) hope to rebound from what is fast becoming a regularity with losses on the road, they'll definitely need Gano's leg to be more accurate in coming weeks.
The Panthers will host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday November 25th at 1 PM at Bank of America Stadium.