Saints' Graham, Panthers' Gay each miss longer extra-point attempts

Maybe the NFL's experiment with longer extra points is revealing after all.

Carolina Panthers kicker Jason Gay is the answer to the trivia question — for you super-obscure folks — of which kicker was the first to miss a 33-yard extra-point attempt in the preseason. It happened after a brilliant Kelvin Benjamin touchdown catch on the first play of the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills.

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Not to be outdone, doing his best John Carney impersonation, New Orleans Saints kicker Shayne Graham botched his first 33-yard XP try, too, in the game against the St. Louis Rams, clanging the upright.

Gay is a punter by trade, and Graham Gano almost certainly will be the Panthers' kicker. Graham has little excuse. He's in a battle with Derek Dimke for the Saints' kicking job and can't afford these kinds of shanks.

The NFL will go back to the 20-yard attempts in in next week's games. Might be interesting to see if this experiment leads to something further at some point, though.

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