It is not often that kickers are involved in quarrels on the court with an opponent and must be separated by a teammate. But again, it’s not often that a kicker has done what Robbie Gould has done in the off-season.
Gould is a perfect 21 for 21 on field goal attempts in his playoff career, an NFL record. But the 21st field goal got Gould in some trouble. He hit a 38-yarder as time ran out in the first half, to give the Niners a 10-7 lead in the NFC championship game on Sunday.
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When Inglewood was not Vegas, 21 was not such a lucky number for Gould, because after the kick he and Rams All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey got into a heated exchange and had to be separated by referees and players.
Ramsey’s argument with Gould stemmed from what Gould did before the match. The 39-year-old Gould kicked balls over the Rams in the warm-up when they were introduced to pregame. Ramsey was tired of it and chose to let Gould know.
Gould responded during the break by kicking a ball through Ram’s special teams.
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Perhaps Ramsey also fought on behalf of everyone else who has fallen victim to Gould’s preparation / trolling. He did the same against his two other playoff opponents – the Packers and the Cowboys.
Whether or not Gould actually trolls his opponents and psyches them out, what he does seems to work. He has one of the main reasons for the 49ers’ success so far this post-season.