Cody Parkey had the chance to change the narrative about himself on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately for him, and the Chicago Bears, he could not get out of his own way. With the Bears trailing the Philadelphia Eagles 16-15 in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, Parkey had a chance to push the Bears to a victory with a 43-yard field goal attempt.
Parkey came out onto the field and got a kick off that went through the uprights, but Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was able to call a timeout before the play went off. Parkey had a few minutes to stew over the kick before it was go-time. The snap from long snapper Patrick Scales made its way to holder Pat O’Donnell seamlessly before the ball connected with Parkey’s foot. The ball went to the left and hit the goal post and the crossbar before falling down to the turf.
The miss wrapped up the victory for the Eagles and sent Chicago packing.
Parkey made just 23 of his 30 field-goal attempts this year for a 76.7 made percentage. He also missed three extra points this year. His biggest struggles of the year came back in Week 10 against the Detroit Lions. That afternoon he missed a total of four kicks. He missed two field-goal attempts and two extra points. All four kicks went off the uprights in that game. Prior to his miss at the end of the game, Parkey had made all three of his previous field-goal attempts. On Chicago’s lone touchdown, the team went for a two-point conversion but it failed.
After the game, Parkey was the brunt of many jokes around the league. He also gave his first public comments. Scroll below to see what was said.