49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had a less-than-PG exchange with his team’s kicker on Saturday night after the game-winning field goal against the Packers.
Garoppolo spoke with Robbie Gould, who had just kicked off a 45-yard kick in the snow to win 13-10 in the NFC divisional round, and shared his feelings about his teammate and Green Bay.
“You’re a fucking legend, man. Fuck the Packers,” Garoppolo said.
Robbie Gould with the game-winning field goal to beat the Packers:
“Damn, that feels good!”
Jimmy Garoppolo finding him for the hug:
“You’re a fucking legend, man!” pic.twitter.com/89UIc57rST
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Gould himself was excited; he exclaimed that the kick “feels good”.
San Francisco, the No. 6 seed in the 2022 NFC playoffs, came in as a big underdog to the No. 1-seeded Packers. The teams met in Week 3 of the regular season at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. On that occasion, Packers kicker Mason Crosby left the 49ers, kicking a 51-yard attempt as time expired to give Green Bay a 30-28 win. .
The rematch featured considerably less offense. The 49ers’ only touchdown was a blocked punt return with 4:41 left in the fourth quarter, which tied the game 10-10. Gould kicked two field goals on Saturday night; the former cut the Packers’ lead to 7-3 in the third quarter and the latter sent the 49ers to the NFC championship game.
Garoppolo got the 49ers into field goal range after the Packers punted with 3:20 left in the game. He connected on two passes for 26 yards, while Elijah Mitchell, Deebo Samuel and Kyle Juszczyk rushed for a combined 19 yards as San Francisco moved to the Packers’ 27.
“Just running guys through the normal stuff. Take care of the ball,” Garoppolo said in his postgame news conference. “Every yard we could gain for Robbie at that point, I mean, it’s not easy kicking what he just did. Hats off to him and the whole field goal drive, but it was just every yard we could gain. He wanted to do it.” and Deebo did a great job. He played today.
Once again, Garoppolo and the Niners put up a snag to stop a Green Bay playoff run. This was Garoppolo’s second postseason win over the Packers; the previous one was in the 2020 NFC championship game, which sent San Francisco to the Super Bowl. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is now 0-4 against the Niners in the playoffs.