The ice in Robbie Gould’s veins was colder than the weather at Lambeau Field on Saturday night. His 45-yard field goal sent the San Francisco 49ers to their second NFC Championship Game in three years and ended the first-seeded Green Bay Packers’ season, sending them into a stressful offseason full of uncertainty with Aaron Rodgers’ future.
Gould showed his disregard for Green Bay before the game even began by working around — or, rather, over — the Packers’ player introductions to get some practice kicks in before kickoff. He nailed field goals over lines of Packers players, foreshadowing the events to come.
Robbie Gould does not care about your player introductions pic.twitter.com/xL2wKFBACF
— KNBR (@KNBR) January 23, 2022
Gould made both of his field-goal attempts and only extra-point attempt against the Packers, covering for a miserable showing by the 49ers’ offense. Deebo Samuel and George Kittle but the offense on their backs to get Gould into field-goal range. It took a blocked punt returned for a touchdown for San Francisco to tie the game.
With a tie game, Gould took care of the rest, keeping his percentage on playoff field goals at 100 percent. Although it wasn’t pretty, the San Francisco special teams got the job done, allowing the team to advance.
The 49ers clinched a postseason berth in Week 18 and have now surprised two opponents on the road. On what could be Jimmy Garoppolo’s last ride as a Niner, San Francisco dashed what could be Rodgers’ last dance in Green Bay.
San Francisco will hit the road again and face either the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game next Sunday.