Robbie Gould hasn’t played a lot of games at Lambeau Field under the conditions visible on Saturday night, so he spent this week gathering as much research as he could.
Part of this involves wearing scuba gear at kickoff to at least partially protect him from temperatures in the low 20s. Then it will get cold.
The last time the 49ers played in Lambeau post season, it came down to a 33-yard field goal attempt by Phil Dawson after the 2013 season in the wild card round. Dawson made it and the 49ers won 23–20.
Gould, 39, played 11 seasons for the Chicago Bears in the NFC North and then for the New York Giants before joining the 49ers in 2017, so he is well acquainted with the cold and will play his 14th game at Lambeau Field.
In a wild card playoff defeat with the Giants in 14-degree temperatures and 17 mph winds after the 2016 season, Gould converted only two field goals from 26 and 40 yards.
“I wore a scuba suit on the top half of my body, trying to work on whether I was going to wear thick tights,” Gould said Thursday before the 49ers left for Green Bay . “I think I’m very familiar with what I’m going to wear. I’m quite comfortable there.”
Gold has become almost automatic at Lambeau, converting 20 of 21 field goal attempts and converting all of his 21 points after his career effort.
The only games to come with the infamous Green Bay winter conditions were the Giants game in which he scored two field goals, and on Christmas Day in 2011. In that game, Gold was 2-for-3 in field goal attempts at 37 degrees. 29 degree temperature with wind gusts. His only memory that day at Lambeau was in an effort of 49 yards.
So Gold did some research this week with his place-kicking fraternity. He spoke with Greg Joseph, who scored a 51-yard field goal for Mineosta in Week 17 on an 11 degree day with a minus-1 wind chill.
Gould also approached Lawrence Tynes, who kicked three field goals (and missed two) when the temperatures were minus-1 and the wind chill was minus-23 when the Giants knocked the Packers out of the playoffs after the 2007 season. .
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“I talked to Greg about the field, just to get a sense of what it would look like, what it might feel like, what it would be like,” Gould said. “I talked to Lawrence about what he remembers about the warmup, the season of the game and the different ways to prepare, know it’s probably going to be below zero.”
Gould validated the 49ers’ belief after he lost time with a groin injury coming down heavily late in the season. His field goals against Dallas came from 53, 40 and 52 yards. Gold is not easily distracted. Before the game, he was nearly walked by service members waving a giant American flag and then during the warmup the Cowboys cheerleaders were sparring with fans on both sides in a scene reminiscent of a PGA golfer.
“It was an interesting start to the day,” Gould said.
In a Week 18 game that put the 49ers on the road against Los Angeles into the playoffs, Gould kicked a game-winning 24-yard field goal in overtime and punts 47 and 43 yards with Mitch Wishnowski. Didn’t come back after leaving. Shake
“Robbie is just such a consummate supporter,” said 49ers special teams coordinator Richard Hightower. “For being so close, I could tell you what he was going to do at the L.A. game, the way he looked at us the night before the game and the way he was all week.”
After kicking off Chicago for 11 years, Gould knows what he’s up against, even if he has limited late December and January games at Lambeau.
“The ball doesn’t roll over your leg as much as it normally would,” Gould said. “It’s going to be heavy. The key to games like this is to make sure you’ve got the right gloves, the right feet, in the pregame warmup. You get a feel for how the ball is moving, then come up with a game plan.” ”
“It’s definitely going to hurt. I’ll probably have a black and blue mark for a few days,” Gould said. “But I played for 11 years in Chicago and a year in New York. You either hug it or let it bother you and I think a lot of people in the locker room are hugging what’s next to us. ,