- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 6, 2011

Graham Gano hopped around the turf at FedEx Field on Sunday afternoon as if he was celebrating a Super Bowl victory.

In reality, the Washington Redskins kicker drilled a 59-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. The kick was the longest in team history, besting Steve Cox’s 57-yarder in 1986.

High-fives, chest-bumps and general revelry from Gano followed, even with the San Francisco 49ers leading 13-3.

By game’s end, Gano’s demeanor was subdued.

“It feels good being in the record books, but any time you lose the game, it’s meaningless, really,” he said. “Yeah, I always feel like I’ve got it in me.”

Gano hit a 65-yarder during high school in Pensacola, Fla., but hadn’t hit a kick longer than 50 yards in parts of three NFL seasons.

Gano credited long-snapper Nick Sundberg and holder Sav Rocca for setting the stage for the blast.

“We were hitting the ball pretty well in warm-ups,” Gano said. “I was pretty confident. The wind kind of died down then so I felt good.”

Penalties follow Williams

Tackle Trent Williams returned Sunday after missing two games since he suffered a high ankle sprain against the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 16.

But two penalties — including a critical personal foul in the second quarter — overshadowed the second-year player’s afternoon.

After John Beck connected with Jabar Gaffney for a 10-yard gain on third-and-8 at midfield, Williams was penalized. That wiped out Gaffney’s catch and put the Redskins in a third-and-23 hole.

“If they’re playing through the whistle, we’re going through the whistle,” said Williams, who maintained he didn’t hear the whistle ending the play. “I defended and they called a penalty.”

That earned him an in-game reminder from coach Mike Shanahan to keep his poise.

“I’ve got to tone it down a little,” Williams said. “I ain’t doing nothing dirty. I ain’t trying to take nobody out. I’m just playing football.”

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