There are robust methods to lose, and there are more durable methods to lose. And then there’s what the Bears lived via on Sunday in entrance of their hometown followers when Cody Parkey missed a 43-yard sport profitable area purpose in the dying seconds of their wild card playoff sport towards the Eagles.
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The kick hit the upright. And the crossbar.
It was so almost good. The kick was inches away from success, placing the left upright. But even then it had an opportunity, descending to smack the crossbar and falling … on the fallacious facet of it. Eagles 16, Bears 15.
A slight adjustment by Parkey and it may need been good. Had Treyvon Hester of the Eagles not received a bit piece of the ball, the trajectory would have been totally different, and it may need been good. Had the Eagles not referred to as day trip earlier than the Bears’ first snap, had Parkey not gone forward and kicked that one (and made it) … any little factor could possibly be the distinction when the distinction is inches.
The earlier standard-setter for kicking agony, Scott Norwood’s failed game-winner in Super Bowl XXV for the Bills, at the very least was a clear miss.
“You can’t make this up,” Parkey mentioned. “I feel terrible.”
It wasn’t the first time.
Parkey missed two area targets and two additional factors towards the Lions earlier in the season. Somehow all 4 of these misses hit the upright as properly. In Week 17 he did it once more towards the Vikings.
Parkey had been sizzling.
Earlier in the sport, he had hit area targets of 36, 29 and 34 yards, accounting for 9 of the Bears 15 factors.
The Bears have been the higher group.
Chicago appeared poised for a stable playoff run. It was a 6-point favourite over Philadelphia, the largest unfold of the spherical. The Bears have been 12-4 in the common season and had received 9 of their final 10, and had misplaced just one dwelling 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 in the ultimate week of the season. But 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 first time in eight years. After seasons with three and 5 wins, followers have been satisfied that younger quarterback Mitch Trubisky was able to carry that success.
It isn’t even the file.
Well, two bangs off the purpose publish could also be the N.F.L. file. But Ivan Perisic of Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga hit a shot in 2014 that struck the crossbar and each posts, for the main sports activities file of three.
There was no silver lining.
In the second most well-known kicking incident in N.F.L. historical past (after Norwood’s large proper), Garo Yepremian of the Dolphins had a area purpose try blocked in Super Bowl VII, then inexplicably picked it up and tried to go it, leading to a choose six that put the Redskins again in the sport. But the incident is remembered fondly due to the comedian sight of the undersized Yepremian attempting to go and since the Dolphins received the sport to finish the N.F.L.’s solely excellent season.
It’s onerous to see Bears followers remembering this sport fondly.
Even the mascot was devastated.
As the ball hurtled via the air, mascot Staley da Bear, fastidiously positioned proper underneath the purpose posts, lifted his arms to point “good.” When the kick was actually not good, Staley fell over, flat on the floor, his toes in the air.
Internet followers who weren’t so invested in the sport shortly hailed Staley as the true hero of the second, praising his comedian timing. Perhaps there’s a silver lining in spite of everything.
The Bears mentioned they have been “respectfully passing” on a request to interview Staley.