“I just try to make every kick,” Gano said. “I don’t even think it was too big of a mental thing. Last year I learned a lot. I developed a lot through the offseason with the experience I had last year, but I feel pretty good right now. I had a few misses from long distances that were at unfortunate times, but I feel like every week I’m improving.”
Gano improved to 30-for-39 on field goals this season, including last month’s franchise-record 59-yard kick.
“That’s what you have to do,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “You’ve got to be able to come through in those situations to keep your job in the National Football League. I was really pleased with him coming through.”
Vikings‘ Peterson, Ponder injured
Injuries on back-to-back plays to start the third quarter Saturday left the Vikings without their starting quarterback and running back.
Pro Bowler Adrian Peterson suffered a gruesome left knee injury on the quarter’s first play when safety D.J. Gomes tackled him and, in the process, wrenched Peterson’s knee at a nauseating angle.
“I don’t have any idea how significant it is exactly,” said Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, who described the injury as a sprained knee. “They want to evaluate it after tests are run and results are submitted.”
An MRI on Saturday night revealed that Peterson tore his anterior cruciate ligament, according to a team announcement. ESPN’s Josina Anderson also reported that the MRI also showed that he tore his medial collateral ligament.
On the next play, Ponder, the rookie quarterback, was being pulled down for a sack when linebacker London Fletcher smacked into him. The violent hit drew a gasp from the FedEx Field crowd. Ponder left the game with a concussion.
Torain finally plays
With rookie Roy Helu inactive because of toe and knee injuries, Torain got his first carry since Nov. 20 and finished with four rushes for eight yards.