MIAMI — The 12th year of an NFL career is a time to retire.

It’s not often cited as a turning point.

Robbie Gould set the Bears’ record for points scored during 11 seasons but was cut on the final day of the preseason in 2016. He was out of the NFL for six weeks and content with his résumé — until the Giants called to extend a career, which now has reached the Super Bowl for a second time, with the 49ers.

“We had teams call the next day, and it wasn’t what I was ready to do or where I wanted to go,” Gould told The Post. “I wasn’t looking to just go get a job.

“It was going to be the right opportunity to hopefully win a championship. When the Giants called, it wasn’t an opportunity I was going to pass up. I heard how great it is playing for their family ownership.”

A storm was brewing around the Giants then. A playoff-bound team cut its kicker after a “misguided” first attempt to stick with Josh Brown, who documents revealed admitted to abusing his wife in the past.

“I knew Josh from playing against him,” Gould said, “but didn’t really think much about it.”

Gould seamlessly replaced Brown’s reliability as a kicker, going 12-for-12 on field goals as the Giants won eight of their final 10 games to earn an NFC wild-card berth. His second act was just beginning.

“The turnaround for me in my career was with the Giants,” Gould said. “I was able to go back and see the young Robbie. Enjoying the game, going out and playing, not worrying about appearances or things that were going on in the building. It was a breath of fresh air and the clean slate I needed to put myself in a situation to be here today.”

Despite talking with reverence about the Giants, Gould wasted no time signing with the 49ers in free agency in a move that worked out for both teams. He has made 90 percent of his field-goal attempts during the past three years, and the Giants replaced him with 2018 Pro Bowler Aldrick Rosas.

Gould signed a four-year, $19 million extension in July, receiving important security to not uproot his family again.

“Given the situation I was in, I was anxious,” Gould said. “I had known a lot of people in the San Francisco organization that I had played for or had been teammates with. Even though they didn’t have a great record at the time, I thought it would be a great place for me to stay a few years.”

Thirteen years after losing to the Colts in Super Bowl XLI, Gould could be called upon for a pressurized kick late in a game expected to be close. The Chiefs are favored by 1¹/₂ points.

“Those are the moments you live for as a kid,” Gould said. “I’d relish the moment if that happened. If it comes down to that, we’ve been preparing for two weeks for it to happen.”

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