"I thought I hit a great ball and was trying to play the wind", Parkey said. "Then I heard everybody screaming, I was like, oh, [expletive]. he missed it".
Cody Parkey will have a hard time showing his face in Chicago for the next few weeks after a disappointing end to the Bears' postseason run, but those who understand the pressure of professional sports have his back. He smacked the football with his right foot, sending it toward the field goal, but the ball hit the left upright and bounced onto the crossbar, before falling forward, resulting in a loss. I understand he's set to make $2.75 million next year, but this is one decision Ryan Pace will have to make if he wants this team to become better.
He also made sure to point out that Parkey's kick, as video revealed, was partially blocked. "There's really no answer to it". A slow-motion replay tweeted by ESPN appears to show Hester's fingertips deflecting the kick.
After the game ended, and Chicago's 12-4 season and NFC North division title season was over, the onslaught on Parkey's life and family began. Of course, we do now know it was blocked for two reasons: The NFL says it was and photographer Jeff Haynes perfectly caught the play on camera.
Although Parkey took the blame for the Bears' gut-wrenching loss, Long said the rest of the team shares the blame.