Ron Rivera backs Graham Gano

Ron Rivera didn't give the most reassuring answer in regards to Graham Gano's job status immediately following Carolina's 41-38 loss to New Orleans, but the Panthers head coach backed his kicker fully on Monday.

Rivera, who brought some rare notes and statistics in regards to Gano's past success made mention of the fact Gano has gotten the job done on more extra points and clutch kicks than most across the league.

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Gano has missed two extra points this season and the game-winning field goal at Denver in the season opener.

"We are going to stand pat," Rivera said. "When you go back and evaluate it as an extra point kicker, and I brought some notes here, he's right at about 95 percent, which is a little bit more than the league average I believe. And then in clutch kicks, he's well above the league average. Maybe he missed one here or there, but they're not what cost you football games. There was one, which was Denver in the opener. But he's been very solid for us."

Gano has been with Carolina since the middle of the 2012 season.

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