Veteran Chicago kicker, Cody Parkey had a trying first season in Chicago, particularly, Sunday when he missed a potentially game-winning 43-yard field goal in the Bears’ playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. His kick hit the left upright and bounced off the crossbar. The last-second effort hit too close to home for Parkey, who endured criticism earlier in the season when he bounced four separate kicks off the uprights in a Week 10 victory over the Lions.
The Bears signed Parkey, formerly of the Eagles, Browns and Dolphins, to a four-year deal in free agency that included $9 million in guaranteed money, but Parkey ended up missing 11 total kicks on the year (eight field goals, three extra points).
When asked about the kick in a post-game interview the kicker in disbelief said “You can’t make this up, I feel terrible. I let the team down. That’s on me. I have to own it. I have to be a man. Unfortunately, that’s the way it went today.”
Slow-motion replay shows that Parkey’s kick appears to be tipped at the line of scrimmage. Eagles defensive tackle Treyvon Hester was quoted as saying he got his “hand on the ball.”
Watch the kick below!
Parkey was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week the week after his dreadful game versus the Lions, and he converted 13 of his past 14 field goal attempts prior to Sunday’s late miss.