This Bears Loss Was Particularly Soul-Crushing. Let’s Count the Ways.
There are robust methods to lose, and there are harder 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 recreation successful subject objective within the dying seconds of their wild card playoff recreation in opposition to 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 mistaken facet of it. Eagles 16, Bears 15.
A slight adjustment by Parkey and it might need been good. Had Treyvon Hester of the Eagles not acquired slightly piece of the ball, the trajectory would have been totally different, and it might need been good. Had the Eagles not referred to 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 Super Bowl XXV for the Bills, at the very least was a clear miss.
“You can’t make this up,” Parkey mentioned. “I really feel horrible.”
It wasn’t the primary time.
Parkey missed two subject targets and two further factors in opposition to the Lions earlier within the season. Somehow 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 scorching.
Earlier within the recreation, he had hit subject targets of 36, 29 and 34 yards, accounting for 9 of the Bears 15 factors.
The Bears have been the higher crew.
Chicago appeared poised for a stable playoff run. It was a 6-point favourite over Philadelphia, the most important unfold of the spherical. The Bears have been 12-Four within the common season and had gained 9 of their final 10, and had misplaced just one house recreation 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. 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 primary time in eight years. After seasons with three and 5 wins, followers have been satisfied that younger quarterback Mitch Trubisky was able to deliver that success.
It isn’t even the file.
Well, two bangs off the objective submit often is the N.F.L. file. But Ivan Perisic of Wolfsburg within the Bundesliga hit a shot in 2014 that struck the crossbar and each posts, for the key 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 huge proper), Garo Yepremian of the Dolphins had a subject objective try blocked in Super Bowl VII, then inexplicably picked it up and tried to move it, leading to a choose six that put the Redskins again within the recreation. But the incident is remembered fondly due to the comedian sight of the undersized Yepremian attempting to move and since the Dolphins gained the sport to finish the N.F.L.’s solely excellent season.
It’s laborious to see Bears followers remembering this recreation fondly.
Even the mascot was devastated.
As the ball hurtled via the air, mascot Staley da Bear, rigorously positioned proper below the objective posts, lifted his arms to point “good.” When the kick was in reality not good, Staley fell over, flat on the bottom, his ft within the air.
Internet followers who weren’t so invested within the recreation rapidly hailed Staley because 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.