Damn. That one hurt. Just like that, the Bears are done. No more Bears until September, and it sucks. This was looking like the year that they could’ve finally brought a championship to the great city of Chicago, then the Eagles happened. Led by backup quarterback Nick Foles, the Eagles came to play, and it was a fun one to watch.
Towards the final minute of the game, the score was 16-15, and the Bears had the ball. They drove down the field and did their job, getting closer so their kicker could have an easier job at winning the game for them. The kick was 43 yards long. They snapped it and the team kicker, Cody Parkey, made it the first time, but that was right before the Eagles coach called a timeout. After that, all of America and Soldier Field had their eyes on Parkey, waiting for him to send the Bears to the next round. The ball ended up hitting the left post and then bouncing down hitting the cross bar and falling out. The kick was no good, and the stadium became silent. As Parkey left the stadium, roars of boos from the fans rained down on him.
When asked about the kick, Parkey spoke from a humble place. “One hundred percent that loss is on me. It is what it is. Sun is going to shine tomorrow. Life’s going to go on. Unfortunately, it’s going to sting for a while.”
The hate for Parkey was real. The term “double doink” turned into a thing and many fans were immediately calling for the kicker to be traded. The next day, however, the NFL changed the ruling of the kick to a blocked kick, meaning that the miss wasn’t all on Parkey. Bears fans are still mad regardless of the ruling.
It’s fair to say that Parkey was in a super tough position. Imagine having over 60,000 people in the stadium, not to mention the fans watching on television, stare you down while your entire team counts on you. It’s not an easy spot to be in. All we know and can hope for is that Parkey will improve over the off-season and become better for next season. If he can show the city that he’s improved and does something miraculous, then maybe he’d earn our trust back. For now, all we can do is watch the rest of the NFL Playoffs and hope to see the Bears playing in them next year.
By Angel Brito, Senior, Lane Tech