Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould redeems himself with game-winning kick

John Gress

Gould bounced back from a missed 4th-quarter field goal to nail the game-winner as time expired.

Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould redeemed an earlier miss when he made a 41-yard field goal as time expired to give his team a 23-22 win over the Carolina Panthers. Gould missed a 33-yarder earlier in the fourth quarter, and when asked about it afterward, he said he was just thankful for a second chance. He made no excuses for the kick he missed:

"I screwed up in the fourth quarter and made a critical mistake that could've cost our team the game," Gould said. "There is no excuse for missing that 33-yarder. I'm glad we got a chance to get another one and everyone from offense and defense to (snapper) Pat Mannelly and (holder) Adam Podlesh and all the guys blocking did a great job.

The Bears were down 19-7 in the fourth quarter at the time of that missed kick, but they rallied anyway, getting a passing touchdown from Jay Cutler and an interception returned for a touchdown by Tim Jennings. Jennings' interception gave Chicago its first lead since the opening quarter.

The Bears were outgained by the Panthers 416-210 and also committed one more turnover than Carolina, but they forced the Panthers to kick five field goals, which helped to keep the game in reach.

With the win, Chicago improved to 6-1, and it sits in first place in the NFC North.

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