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Hours before game-winner, 49ers' Robbie Gould warmed up by practicing during Packers player introductions

SF Gate logo SF Gate 1/23/2022 Alex Shultz
Kicker Robbie Gould of the San Francisco 49ers kicks an extra point during the fourth quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Jan. 22, 2022 in Green Bay, Wis. © Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Kicker Robbie Gould of the San Francisco 49ers kicks an extra point during the fourth quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Jan. 22, 2022 in Green Bay, Wis.

Saturday's NFC Divisional Round matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers was a slog until the very end, when Niners kicker Robbie Gould nailed a 45-yard field goal to give his team a 13-10 victory. 

Even given the unforgiving elements and the fairly far-away distance on the kick, Gould's attempt felt like a relatively safe bet. In his postseason career, Gould is now an unreal 20-for-20 on field goals. And who knows? Maybe his relentless pregame routine helped him seal the deal when the big moment arrived.


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As KNBR posted on its Instagram page, a completely unperturbed Gould continued to warm up with field goal attempts even while Packers players were being introduced on the same side of the field.

It takes a special level of focus and skill to keep booting kicks while an entire football team is standing mere feet away from you. Gould was also carrying on while the Lambeau Field crowd loudly cheered for their hometown team, which can't be easy to ignore in itself.

Of course, a few hours later, Gould was confronted with a similar situation, except with a much rowdier crowd and some snow flurries, too. None of it — the fans, the weather, the opposing team — made a difference. The 49ers are moving on to the NFC Championship Game, where Gould might just break out the same pregame routine again.

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