- Jeff Dickerson, ESPN Staff Writer
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MINNEAPOLIS – An emotional Robbie Gould expressed frustration over missing a potential game-winning 47-yard field goal with four minutes remaining in overtime of the Chicago Bears' 23-20 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Gould was present with his wife for the birth of the couple’s first child early Sunday morning in the Chicagoland area, then proceeded to travel and join his teammates for their important NFC North clash.
“There is no excuse at all,” Gould said. “My wife did awesome. There were a lot of lessons in one day. It was one of the greatest days of my life, and I’m happy for my wife and my little boy. Sorry I couldn’t do it for my teammates like I did for my wife. It’s hard to swallow. We’re in a playoff hunt. I love my teammates just like I love my wife and my baby, and I just didn’t do it today.
“I didn’t come through for my teammates in the end. I had two chances today to get it done. It’s very unlike me, but there are no excuses for it. I didn’t have it. I missed it. I wasn’t nervous, I just missed.”
Gould finished the game 2-for-4 on field goal attempts, although one of the kicks was from 66 yards at the end of regulation. One of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, Gould has just three misses this season.