There are powerful methods to lose, and there are harder methods to lose. After which there’s what the Bears lived by on Sunday in entrance of their hometown followers when Cody Parkey missed a 43-yard sport successful discipline aim within the dying seconds of their wild card playoff sport in opposition to the Eagles.
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The kick hit the upright. And the crossbar.
It was so practically good. The kick was inches away from success, hanging the left upright. However even then it had an opportunity, descending to smack the crossbar and falling … on the incorrect aspect of it. Eagles 16, Bears 15.
A slight adjustment by Parkey and it might need been good. Had Treyvon Hester of the Eagles not obtained somewhat piece of the ball, the trajectory would have been completely different, and it might need been good. Had the Eagles not known as day out earlier than the Bears’ first snap, had Parkey not gone forward and kicked that one (and made it) … any little factor might be the distinction when the distinction is inches.
The earlier standard-setter for kicking agony, Scott Norwood’s failed game-winner in Tremendous Bowl XXV for the Payments, at the least was a clear miss.
“You’ll be able to’t make this up,” Parkey stated. “I really feel horrible.”
It wasn’t the primary time.
Parkey missed two discipline targets and two further factors in opposition to the Lions earlier within the season. One way or the other all 4 of these misses hit the upright as properly. In Week 17 he did it once more in opposition to the Vikings.
Parkey had been sizzling.
Earlier within the sport, he had hit discipline targets of 36, 29 and 34 yards, accounting for 9 of the Bears 15 factors.
The Bears had been the higher group.
Chicago appeared poised for a strong playoff run. It was a 6-point favourite over Philadelphia, the largest unfold of the spherical. The Bears had been 12-Four within the common season and had received 9 of their final 10, and had misplaced just one residence sport this season.
The Eagles shouldn’t even have been there.
Philadelphia needed to win 5 of their final six to sneak into the playoffs at 9-7. Even then, the Eagles would have been out had the Vikings managed to win within the closing week of the season. However the Vikings misplaced. To the Bears. Oops.
The Bears are in determined want of playoff success.
The proud franchise was returning to the playoffs for the primary time in eight years. After seasons with three and 5 wins, followers had been satisfied that younger quarterback Mitch Trubisky was able to convey that success.
It isn’t even the report.
Effectively, two bangs off the aim put up could be the N.F.L. report. However Ivan Perisic of Wolfsburg within the Bundesliga hit a shot in 2014 that struck the crossbar and each posts, for the most important sports activities report of three.
There was no silver lining.
Within the second most well-known kicking incident in N.F.L. historical past (after Norwood’s broad proper), Garo Yepremian of the Dolphins had a discipline aim try blocked in Tremendous Bowl VII, then inexplicably picked it up and tried to cross it, leading to a decide six that put the Redskins again within the sport. However the incident is remembered fondly due to the comedian sight of the undersized Yepremian making an attempt to cross and since the Dolphins received the sport to finish the N.F.L.’s solely good season.
It’s exhausting to see Bears followers remembering this sport fondly.
Even the mascot was devastated.
Because the ball hurtled by the air, mascot Staley da Bear, fastidiously positioned proper underneath the aim posts, lifted his arms to point “good.” When the kick was in actual fact not good, Staley fell over, flat on the bottom, his toes within the air.
Web followers who weren’t so invested within the sport shortly hailed Staley because the true hero of the second, praising his comedian timing. Maybe there’s a silver lining in spite of everything.
The Bears didn’t reply to a request to interview Staley.