Central Mountain grad Robbie Gould helps lift 49ers to playoff win
DALLAS — San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould was about as clutch as you could want a kicker to be on Sunday. So perhaps it’s no surprise the NFL Twitter account simply tweeted out an emoji of a bag of money to show just how money Gould was.
The Central Mountain graduate kicked three field goals on Sunday evening to help propel the 49ers to a dramatic 23-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC wild card playoffs. The three field goals proved to be a big reason why San Francisco is moving on.
Gould has seven games this season of two or more field goals made. Gould’s three-field goal game Sunday was his third of the season.
With the win, San Francisco advances to play at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. in the NFC divisional playoffs.
“Robbie Gould…ice in his veins all the way since 2005,” the NFL on CBS Twitter account tweeted after Gould drilled a 40-yard field goal to put San Francisco ahead, 13-0. Gould
Gould’s first field goal was a 53-yarder which made it a 10-point game.
After the Dallas Cowboys scored when Dak Prescott threw a 20-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 13-7, Gould again came up big and kicked another 50-plus yard field goal. This one was good from 52 yards out.
“Guys just stepping up big in big key situations, that’s really what it was all day,” San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said regarding the team’s win.
Gould has been nothing shy of solid in his NFL career when it comes to the postseason. Since 2005, Gould is 18 for 18 on field goals in the playoffs during his career with the Chicago Bears, New York Giants and 49ers in 11 playoff appearances. It’s the most field goals made without a miss in the postseason in the Super Bowl era.
This year with the 49ers, the Central Mountain graduate is 20 for 23 on field goals. His longest is 52 yards. Gould was placed on injured reserve earlier this season on Oct. 5 with a groin injury before he was activated on Nov. 6.
In the regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Rams, Gould took over as a punter when Mitch Wishnowsky suffered a concussion in the first half. Gould had two punts for 90 yards in that game against Los Angeles, and kicked two field goals, including the overtime game-winner, to clinch the 49ers playoff berth.