San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 16 after a game-winning 33-yard field goal over the Los Angeles Rams. Gould made four extra points, as well as a 26-yard field goal against the Rams as well. This is the first time Gould has won the award this season for the Niners. The kicker had won the award twice in each of his previous two seasons with San Francisco.
Gould has struggled by his standards this season. He’s made 21 of his 29 field goal attempts, which is a career-low 72.4 percent. Gould has been lights out his entire career. He’s top-10 all-time in field goal percentage, making just over 86% for his career. He has been much better since he returned from injury, and has kicked two game-winning kicks since his return. The other field goal came against the Saints as time ran out from 30-yards out to give the Niners the lead.
The 49ers may need Gould to deliver as soon as Sunday against Seattle, as San Francisco looks to clinch a bye and a #1 seed. Since returning from injury, Gould has made 13 of 14 extra points and eight of nine field-goal attempts. Hopefully, his clutch gene shows up during the playoffs. Congrats Robbie.