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CHICAGO – Former Bears kicker Robbie Gould said he wasn't sending a message to Bears general manager Ryan Pace or any of his former teammates on the sideline, but said his game-winning kick was "pretty special" in San Francisco's 15-14 victory Sunday at Soldier Field.
Gould was responsible for all 15 of the 49ers' points, hitting five field goals, including a 24-yarder with two seconds remaining.
"Just pretty excited to get a chance to go out and do your job and go out and compete against a lot of people I have a lot of respect for," Gould said. "But to come in here and get a win like that and kick a game winner, I don't think I couldn't have written it any better, to be honest with you."
The Bears' all-time leading scorer played 11 seasons in Chicago, but was cut prior to the 2016 season opener.
Pace said at the time Gould was cut to "upgrade" the position. The Bears signed Connor Barth, who served as the team's kicker for the 2016 season and returned this year, but was cut after missing a game-tying field goal against Detroit in Week 11. Barth made just 29 of his 39 field goal attempts in 26 games with the Bears.
Talking to media after Sunday's win, Gould said he has not talked with Pace since being cut by the Bears.
"Ryan’s never reached out to me," he said. "We were in New York last year, he didn’t speak to me, I didn’t see him today. I don’t expect him to — you know what I mean?
"[I] didn’t leave on bad terms. Talked to Foxy, talked to Jeff [Rodgers] and said I appreciate everything you guys did for me. Really, if it wasn’t for them, I probably wouldn’t be having the run with a lot of coaches and players that I’ve had the past 2 years."