Cincinnati Bengals v Chicago Bears
It was a kick Robbie Gould shouldn’t have had the chance to attempt in the first place. But the Cincinnati Bengals’ 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 Sunday at Soldier Field. It cut the Bengals’ lead to 14-10 and gave the Bears some momentum. It also was the 11th consecutive field goal of 50 yards or longer by Gould, tying an NFL record.
But without Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick’s personal foul at the end of a 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-yard line. 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 Dec. 11, 2011, in Denver. The previous long at Soldier Field was a 55-yarder by Kevin Butler on Oct. 25, 1993, against the Minnesota Vikings.
Gould’s record-setting kick also came after the Bears opted against a 55-yard attempt 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.”
Bennett’s big grabs
Tight end Martellus Bennett dropped the first pass thrown to him but recovered to make three big receptions for 49 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown catch over two Bengals.
Receiver Brandon Marshall called Bennett ‘‘the best tight end in the game.’’
‘‘He just needs the numbers to prove that, and he will at the end of the year,’’ Marshall said. ‘‘Hats off to Phil [Emery, the Bears’ general manager] for getting that guy here. I don’t know why the Giants let him out of there. He’s the best tight end in the game. And you can mark that down.’’
D.J. handles the middle
Linebacker D.J. Williams started at middle linebacker and never was relieved by rookie Jon Bostic. After missing all of the preseason with an injured right calf, Williams said he had to shake off “a little bit of rust.”
“I knew I was going to play base,” Williams said. “The amount of plays were determined on the way the game went, whether it was a base game [or] a nickel game. They came out in a lot of two tight-end formations and still lined up in nickel formations, which kept me on the field. They told me if I got fatigued just tap my helmet, but that’s not really my nature. I just tried to stay in and give it what I got.”
Contributing: Mark Potash