Although Gould missed a 39-yard attempt wide right during the first quarter, it wasn't entirely his fault. The timing of the snap appeared to be off, as he had to kick the ball without any momentum.
"I was really glad that one went in at least," Gould laughed. "It was strange, that first try. I wasn't happy about missing it, but hey, that happens sometimes. I kicked it straight at the uprights but it was so bad out that even they were swaying all around. It was like a big hand came out and snatched the ball to the right as it headed up and toward the end zone."
The miss is Gould's first of the season from inside 40 yards. He's 7-of-11 overall, but is just 1-of-4 from 40 yards and beyond.
"You can't let a miss get to you as a kicker," Gould said. "You do your job, then move on. There was no way to compensate for that ahead of time as the gust came up all of a sudden."
The rookie did bounce back to connect on a 37-yard attempt in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 17-9.
"For sure I would have heard from all my buddies who are kickers if the second attempt had gone wide as well," Gould said.
Gould won the game for the Bears last weekend with a late filed goal against the Saints and was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the conversion. However, Gould was happy to see no such kick was needed this time around.
"I would have been fine with that if needed, but it can get a little tricky here with the winds swirling all over the place," Gould said. "With the game on the line, it would have been difficult."
As scary as it may sound, the weather could get worse with winter approaching. Gould took Sunday's experience as a lesson.
"I learned quite a bit about compensating for weather conditions but if I never again face a day like today, that will be perfectly OK by me," Gould said.