Robbie Gould was waiting at his locker as soon as the Bears clubhouse opened, ready to face the music.
The Bears limped off Soldier Field Sunday afternoon with a stomach-churning 26-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in overtime, a game in which Robbie Gould missed two field goals - including a 36-yarder as time expired in regulation.
"There's no excuse for it," Gould said. "I just didn't get it done today. I feel terrible. I have a job to do and I didn't do that today.
"This one falls on me and my shoulders. I feel bad for my teammates because I didn't do the job that I'm supposed to do."
It's only the fourth time in Gould's career that he missed multiple field goals in the same game, but it's already the second time this season (he also missed two field goals in Week 9 against the San Diego Chargers).
Both field goals against the Niners fell within Gould's "comfort" range - tries of 36 and 40 yards. Entering play Sunday, Gould had missed just 10 field goals from the 30-39 yard range in his career, going 88-for-98 in such attempts (89.8 percent).
Gould did connect on his first two field goals on the afternoon - a 40-yarder and a 51-yarder in the first quarter.
"I hit the ball really well the first time," Gould said. "I had a lot of confidence going into the last two kicks. I just got quick on both of them and rushed them and hurried them.
"They're both probably the worst kicks I had all year."
Gould's teammates, however, refused to let him take all the blame.
"That's not fair at all," Bears rookie running back Jeremy Langford said. "You learn as a football player that it's not one play that loses a game. There are a lot of those plays that add up at the end of the game to help with that loss."
Matt Forte echoed Langford's thoughts.
"It's a team," Forte said. "Everybody knows that. ... We lost the game as a team. We had a chance to win the game multiple times.
"It's not fair for him to say that he lost the game. ... He can't put that all on himself. And he shouldn't."
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Gould entered the game 24-for-27 on field goals on the season is also still over 85 percent in his career (269-for-315, 85.3 percent).
"I told him on the sideline, 'You're our brother. We got your back,'" Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee said. "It's football. Nobody's ever going to be perfect, man.
"He's going to be a legendary kicker someday. He's our brother and we got his back and we're gonna fight through this together."