Graham Gano was very happy to help the Giants boot the Panthers

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The game was a grind. The Graham Gano giants took the lead – and held the lead – until their offense finally reached the end zone.

Gano went 3-for-3, hitting 49, 53 and 44 yards, and the Giants used production from their kicker, ending their losing streak with a 25-3 victory over the Panthers on Sunday.

12:41 left Gano’s 53-yard Giants ahead 15-3, which made some team history. This was Gano’s 10th field goal of 50 or more yards for the Giants, passing Joe Daniello in franchise history.

“People say it’s coming, so I hear it, but I go to the guys and congratulate them because it takes more than me on the field to kick those balls,” Gano said. “I congratulate those guys and move on to the next field goal.”

Gano, 34, spent seven years with the Panthers and admitted he wanted to come up big against his former team.

“I’ve been circling this game since the schedule came up,” Gano said. “I knew they were coming here, and I was excited about it. Obviously, I have wonderful memories there, but at the end of the day, I’m a New York giant, and that win is really good.”

Gano missed the 2019 season and blamed the Panthers for misidentification of a leg injury.

Graham Gano
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The Giants had their first down of the Carolina 2-yard line in the first quarter and did not score. TE Kyle Rudolph took one pass 1 yard, Devonte Booker was stopped with no gain, Daniel Jones pass TE Evan Engram had no chance of success, and Booker was tied for fourth.

“It’s disappointing not to score, but it’s part of the game,” Jones said.


It was Marvel Day at MetLife Stadium, where fans received a Giants-themed comic book that featured six players — including safety Logan Ryan — on the cover.

“My kids are obviously excited. I’m a superhero,” Ryan said. “With a comic book and a win, you can’t be any better than that.”


LB Bernardrick McKinney, 28, debuted for the Giants with two tackles. He is a former Pro Bowler with the Texans.

“Man, he set a tone with some of those hits,” Ryan said.


For the first time since the 2011 season, the Giants have had at least one takeaway defense in their first seven games. A forced turnover in Week 7 was an interception by James Bradberry, who became the first Giants player to get at least one pass in his first seven games.

WR Sterling Shepard was named one of the inactive players after a brief workout before the game. … WR David Sills made his NFL debut. They were once targeted but not welcome.

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