To be fair, it's not like Sam checked down the whole game, he did make a number of downfield throws. Also, situations dictate the game, clearly the Panthers got much more conservative in the second half, and that by design. Had they kept their foot on the pedal who knows what Sam's stats are.
I had no issues with moving on from Gano. He sucked on clutch kicks. When it mattered most, he was least reliable. Sure, he's been kicking like a champ with the Giants. They suck. There are no clutch kicks on a sucky team. He's in the perfect situation to shine. Ability was never his issue. He was just a choke artist.