Gould gold with franchise-record 58-yard field goal
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter September 8, 2013 7:34PM
Updated: September 8, 2013 9:13PM
It was a kick Robbie Gould shouldn’t have had the opportunity to attempt in the first place. But the Cincinnati Bengals’ knack for poor discipline gave it to him.
Gould made a franchise-record 58-yard field goal with 11 seconds left in the first half in the Bears’ 24-21 victory at Soldier Field on Sunday. It cut the Bengals’ lead to 14-10 and gave the Bears some momentum. It also was the 11th consecutive field goal from 50 yards or longer made by Gould, tying an NFL record.
But without Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick’s personal foul at the end of an out-of-bounds punt by Kevin Huber it wouldn’t have happened. Kirkpatrick was retaliating against Bears’ special-teamer Eric Weems, who shoved him first.
“Their guy hit our guy out of bounds late on our sideline, but we can’t retaliate,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. “We know that.”
The penalty moved the Bears’ up to the Bengals’ 44. Quarterback Jay Cutler’s four-yard completion to running back Matt Forte was all the Bears could manage after that, but Gould had more than enough on his kick.
Gould surpassed the 57-yarder he made on Dec. 11, 2011 in Denver. The previous long at Soldier Field was a 55-yard field goal by Kevin Butler on Oct. 25, 1993 against the Vikings.
Gould’s record-setting kick also came after the Bears opted against a 55-yard attempt by Gould earlier in the game in favor of a punt.
“I talked to [special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis] about it and we made a collective decision early in the game to do that,” coach Marc Trestman said. “There was no question we were going to have him kick right at the end of the half. No doubt about it. He made a great kick and certainly a significant play in the game.”