49ers Robbie Gould’s birthday comes with NFL honor


CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 03: Kicker Robbie Gould #9 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with teammates, including Joe Staley #74, after scoring the game winning field goal against the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter at Soldier Field on December 3, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Chicago Bears 15-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

SANTA CLARA – Robbie Gould’s 35th birthday Wednesday came with an early-morning present: the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award.

Add it to all the feel-good takeaways Gould got Sunday from his revengeful and rewarding return to Chicago. He made all five of his field-goal attempts, including a 24-yard game winner in the final seconds, to give the 49ers a 15-14 win over the Bears.

Kicker Robbie Gould celebrates with 49ers teammates Daniel Kilgore and Joe Staley Sunday at Soldier Field, which is where Gould kicked for the Bears from 2005-15 and became their all-time leading scorer. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Here is another honor Gould deserves: best 49ers free-agent acquisition of 2017. As Phil Dawson’s replacement, Gould is signed through 2018, when his base salary climbs $500,000 to $2 million, according to NFL Players Association figures.

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Gould forged his career in Chicago and became the Bears all-time leading scorer from 2005-15. He maintains his permanent home there. He was focused on having a successful business trip Sunday, and he did.

Gould had two footballs to pack for his trip back to the Bay Area: a ceremonial game ball from coach Kyle Shanahan, and a ball Gould wasn’t 100 percent sure was the one he kicked for the game-winning points.

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