Two missed field goals and a lackluster offense doomed the Chicago Bears against the San Francisco 49ers in today's 26-20 overtime loss.
The usually reliable Robbie Gould found himself in his favorite situation, with the game tied 20-20, two seconds on the clock and a seemingly makable 36-yard field goal lined up in the middle of the field. Yet Gould swung and missed, sending the ball wide left, exactly as he had in a 40-yard attempt earlier in the game.
With little wind and remarkably favorable weather conditions for early December, Gould seemed as surprised as everybody in Soldier Field when the potential game winner failed to connect. After the game, he didn't hesitate to take responsibility for the loss.
"I just got quick on the last two in the second half and I let my teammates down," Gould said. "I didn't get it done today. Obviously the guys did a great job getting it down the field. I had a chance at a 40 yarder earlier in the second half and a 36-yard try at the end. Just missed both of them. Obviously there is no excuse for that. I just didn't get it done today."
Chicago's offense struggled to score for most of the game and was not helped by a Cutler interception that turned into a pick-six. The game was tied at 13 from the end of the second quarter into the fourth before Ka'Deem Carey punched in his first NFL touchdown, a four-yard run that gave the Bears a 20-13 lead.
49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert then answered with an impressive 44-yard scramble to the end zone, which tied the game 20-20 with 1:42 left. Gabbert then threw a 71-yard pass to Torrey Smith for the win in overtime.
"I feel terrible about everything," Gould sad. "I had a a lot of confidence going into the first half. For some reason I felt rushed in the last two kicks. They were the worst I've had all year."
When asked if new snapper Patrick Scales, signed this week to replace Thomas Gafford, had an effect on his timing, Gould was quick to answer in the negative.
"He didn't do a thing wrong," Gould said. "We'd been working hard all week, all of us on special teams. I thought we had everything the way we wanted it to be. He's been in a lot of playoff games. This one falls completely on me. It's on my shoulders and I feel bad for my teammates because I did not do the job I am here to do."
After a day punctuated by missed opportunities, the 5-7 Bears now have little hope of making the playoffs this season.
"I think today was particularly difficult emotionally today coming as it did right after the big win in Green Bay," Gould said. "But those things happen in football. You learn what you can and then move on from there. I'll be back at practice on Monday working on my game. There is a lot of room for improvement on my side of things. I can do better than this for sure. I don't plan to let this team down ever again."