CHICAGO — Kicker Cody Parkey expressed disbelief Sunday that his missed game-winning 43-yard subject objective in the Chicago Bears’ playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles hit the left upright and bounced off the crossbar.
“You possibly can’t make this up,” Parkey mentioned. “I really feel horrible. I let the workforce down. That is on me. I’ve to personal it. I’ve to be a person. Sadly, that is the best way it went right this moment.”
Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard landing go on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining towards the NFL’s stingiest protection, lifting the Philadelphia Eagles previous the Chicago Bears 16-15 on Sunday in the ultimate wild-card sport.
The style in which he missed the last-second kick hit too shut to dwelling for Parkey, who endured criticism earlier in the yr when he bounced 4 separate kicks off the uprights in a Week 10 victory over the Lions.
The Bears weren’t so lucky to escape with a win this time, falling to Philadelphia 16-15.
“I believed I hit an important ball and was attempting to play the wind,” Parkey mentioned. “There’s actually no reply to it. I did not make it. I take that loss on me. The solar goes to shine tomorrow, however sadly this one goes to sting for some time.”
Sluggish-motion replay shows that Parkey’s kick seems to be tipped on the line of scrimmage. The Eagles’ Treyvon Hester informed The Athletic that he acquired his hand on the ball.
Take a close-up take a look at Cody Parkey’s missed subject objective, the place it seems Treyvon Hester suggestions the ball that comes up brief.
Parkey made his first three subject objective makes an attempt on Sunday.
The veteran kicker had a attempting first season in Chicago. The Bears signed Parkey, previously of the Eagles, Browns and Dolphins, to a four-year deal in free company that included $9 million in assured cash, however Parkey ended up missing 11 whole kicks on the yr (eight subject objectives, three additional factors).
Parkey was named NFC Particular Groups Participant of the Week the week after his dreadful sport versus the Lions, and he transformed 13 of his final 14 subject objective makes an attempt prior to Sunday’s late miss.
“It is exhausting,” Bears head coach Matt Nagy mentioned. “It is a tough deal. I do not suppose you possibly can write this story with how issues went for him this yr, how he rebounded. After which for that to occur, it is powerful.”
Chicago has been unable to stabilize its kicker state of affairs for the reason that membership launched Robbie Gould, the franchise’s all-time main scorer, prior to the 2016 season. Gould, who’s 82-of-85 in subject objective makes an attempt since leaving the Bears, attended Sunday’s playoff loss as a fan.