Almost a year-and-a-half after his released by the team following nine seasons as the primary kicker in Chicago, Robbie Gould returned to Soldier Field triumphantly on Sunday afternoon.
The 49ers climbed to within 14-9 on Gould's field goal with:24 left in the first half and closed to within 14-12 on Gould's fourth field goal without a miss, a 33-yarder, late in the third quarter.
With the Bears retreating against the speedster, Garoppolo took advantage for short completions ahead of the Chicago defense. "We look at these next five weeks as an opportunity to respond to adversity and an opportunity to finish our season strong and finish the season the right way".
Garoppolo got three days of practice work with the starters this week.
Yet anyone on the Bears roster on Sunday took a back seat to Gould, as he was as good as his name once again in Chicago.
The 49ers (2-10) will play on the road next week in Houston, who fell to 4-8 with a road loss to Tennessee on Sunday, 24-13. Gould converted all five of his field goal tries to account for all of the Niners' scoring. Even though the game was out of reach for the 49ers, Garoppolo still made a good impression by throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass to receiver Louis Murphy with less than a minute remaining.
Jimmy Garoppolo won the battle of developing quarterbacks, especially when that term is becoming harder to apply to his counterpart.
"Jimmy made a bunch of plays on that drive and I thought we ran the ball well, and I thought we blocked well". The only correct coaching move in that situation was to allow Hyde to walk into the end zone untouched, which would have left around 90 seconds on the clock for Trubisky to lead a potential game-winning touchdown drive. Pinion was the last hope, but he was blocked out of the play, leading to a touchdown that gave the Bears a 14-6 in the second quarter.
Amazingly, his explanation after the game was more baffling than his coaching. The 49ers needed every one while winning by a single point.
But the close score indicates things didn't entirely go the 49ers' way. "We got to still continue working to get better, not just him but the whole offense", Kyle Shanahan told reporters afterwards.
Add it up - plus 's 61-yard punt return - and it should've been enough for a Bears victory. "Obviously, I've never come back to Chicago like this, so it's exciting".
Pace said at the time Gould was cut to "upgrade" the position. If that isn't justice, I don't know what is. "We were in NY past year, he didn't speak to me, I didn't see him today".