There are tough ways to lose, as well as there are tougher ways to lose. as well as then there’s what the Bears lived through on Sunday in front of their hometown fans when Cody Parkey missed a 43-yard game winning field goal inside dying seconds of their wild card playoff game against the Eagles.
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The kick hit the upright. as well as the crossbar.
of which was so nearly not bad. The kick was inches away via success, striking the left upright. nevertheless even then of which had a chance, descending to smack the crossbar as well as falling … on the wrong side of of which. Eagles 16, Bears 15.
A slight adjustment by Parkey as well as of which might have been not bad. Had Treyvon Hester of the Eagles not got a little piece of the ball, the trajectory could have been different, as well as of which might have been not bad. Had the Eagles not called time out before the Bears’ first snap, had Parkey not gone ahead as well as kicked of which one (as well as made of which) … any little thing could be the difference when the difference will be inches.
The previous standard-setter for kicking agony, Scott Norwood’s failed game-winner in Super Bowl XXV for the Bills, at least was a clean miss.
“You can’t make This specific up,” Parkey said. “I feel terrible.”
of which wasn’t once.
Parkey missed two field goals as well as two extra points against the Lions earlier inside season. Somehow all four of those misses hit the upright as well. In Week 17 he did of which again against the Vikings.
Parkey had been hot.
Earlier inside game, he had hit field goals of 36, 29 as well as 34 yards, accounting for 9 of the Bears 15 points.
The Bears were the better team.
Chicago seemed poised for a solid playoff run. of which was a 6-point favorite over Philadelphia, the biggest spread of the round. The Bears were 12-4 inside regular season as well as had won nine of their last 10, as well as had lost only one home game This specific season.
The Eagles shouldn’t even have been there.
Philadelphia had to win all 5 of their last six to sneak into the playoffs at 9-7. Even then, the Eagles could have been out had the Vikings managed to win inside final week of the season. nevertheless the Vikings lost. To the Bears. Oops.
The Bears are in desperate need of playoff success.
The proud franchise was returning to the playoffs for once in eight years. After seasons with three as well as all 5 wins, fans were convinced of which young quarterback Mitch Trubisky was ready to bring of which success.
of which isn’t even the record.
Well, two bangs off the goal post may be the N.F.L. record. nevertheless Ivan Perisic of Wolfsburg inside Bundesliga hit a shot in 2014 of which struck the crossbar as well as both posts, for the major sports record of three.
There was no silver lining.
inside second most famous kicking incident in N.F.L. history (after Norwood’s wide right), Garo Yepremian of the Dolphins had a field goal attempt blocked in Super Bowl VII, then inexplicably picked of which up as well as tried to pass of which, resulting in a pick six of which put the Redskins back inside game. nevertheless the incident will be remembered fondly because of the comic sight of the undersized Yepremian trying to pass as well as because the Dolphins won the game to complete the N.F.L.’s only perfect season.
of which’s hard to see Bears fans remembering This specific game fondly.
Even the mascot was devastated.
As the ball hurtled through the air, mascot Staley da Bear, carefully positioned right under the goal posts, lifted his arms to indicate “not bad.” When the kick was in fact not not bad, Staley fell over, flat on the ground, his feet inside air.
Internet fans who weren’t so invested inside game quickly hailed Staley as the true hero of the moment, praising his comic timing. Perhaps there’s a silver lining after all.
The Bears said they were “respectfully passing” on a request to interview Staley.