There are tricky tactics to lose, and there are harder tactics to lose. After which there’s what the Bears lived via on Sunday in entrance in their homeland enthusiasts when Cody Parkey ignored a 43-yard recreation profitable box function within the loss of life seconds in their wild card playoff recreation towards the Eagles.
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The kick hit the upright. And the crossbar.
It was once so just about excellent. The kick was once inches clear of good fortune, hanging the left upright. However even then it had an opportunity, descending to smack the crossbar and falling … at the fallacious facet of it. Eagles 16, Bears 15.
A slight adjustment by means of Parkey and it could had been excellent. Had Treyvon Hester of the Eagles now not were given just a little piece of the ball, the trajectory would had been other, and it could had been excellent. Had the Eagles now not known as day out ahead of the Bears’ first snap, had Parkey now not long gone forward and kicked that one (and made it) … any little factor might be the variation when the variation is inches.
The former standard-setter for kicking agony, Scott Norwood’s failed game-winner in Tremendous Bowl XXV for the Expenses, a minimum of was once a blank pass over.
“You’ll’t make this up,” Parkey mentioned. “I believe horrible.”
It wasn’t the primary time.
Parkey ignored two box targets and two additional issues towards the Lions previous within the season. Someway all 4 of the ones misses hit the upright as neatly. In Week 17 he did it once more towards the Vikings.
Parkey have been scorching.
Previous within the recreation, he had hit box targets of 36, 29 and 34 yards, accounting for Nine of the Bears 15 issues.
The Bears have been the simpler crew.
Chicago appeared poised for a forged playoff run. It was once 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 received 9 in their final 10, and had misplaced just one house recreation this season.
The Eagles shouldn’t also have been there.
Philadelphia needed to win 5 in their final six to sneak into the playoffs at Nine-7. Even then, the Eagles would had been out had the Vikings controlled to win within the ultimate week of the season. However the Vikings misplaced. To the Bears. Oops.
The Bears are in determined want of playoff good fortune.
The proud franchise was once returning to the playoffs for the primary time in 8 years. After seasons with 3 and 5 wins, enthusiasts have been satisfied that younger quarterback Mitch Trubisky was once in a position to convey that good fortune.
It isn’t even the document.
Neatly, two bangs off the function publish could also be the N.F.L. document. However Ivan Perisic of Wolfsburg within the Bundesliga hit a shot in 2014 that struck the crossbar and each posts, for the main sports activities document of 3.
There was once no silver lining.
In the second one most famed kicking incident in N.F.L. historical past (after Norwood’s extensive proper), Garo Yepremian of the Dolphins had a box function strive blocked in Tremendous Bowl VII, then inexplicably picked it up and attempted to go it, leading to a pick out six that put the Redskins again within the recreation. However the incident is remembered fondly on account of the comedian sight of the undersized Yepremian seeking to go and as the Dolphins received the sport to finish the N.F.L.’s simplest easiest season.
It’s laborious to peer Bears enthusiasts remembering this recreation fondly.
Even the mascot was once devastated.
Because the ball hurtled throughout the air, mascot Staley da Undergo, moderately located proper below the function posts, lifted his fingers to suggest “excellent.” When the kick was once in truth now not excellent, Staley fell over, flat at the flooring, his toes within the air.
Web enthusiasts who weren’t so invested within the recreation temporarily hailed Staley as the real hero of the instant, praising his comedian timing. Possibly there’s a silver lining in the end.
The Bears mentioned they have been “respectfully passing” on a request to interview Staley.