The NFL officially changed the 43-yard miss to a block by Eagles defensive tackle Treyvon Hester on Monday. Even the lineman scarcely received a finger onto the chunk, but it changed the trajectory enough that the kick struck the vertical, fell to the cross bar and out.
“Tipped off my palms. Felt good… [however ] actually, I presumed that I didn’t receive enough of it, but I presumed it would definitely go in. When I saw it going , I turned around [from the goal posts]. Then I discovered everyone yelling, I was like, oh, [expletive]… he missed it”
At the immediate wake of the game, it doesn’t appear that many people picked upon the simple fact Hester got a hands on the ball. Parkey, who had been under fire in Chicago prior to the game for missing a league-high 10 kicks during the regular season, didn’t shy away from the media following the competition.
“You can’t make this up,” Parkey reported. “I feel awful. I let down the team. That is on me. I have to have it. I’ve to be a person. Regrettably, this is how it went now.”
The way he overlooked the last-second kick struck close to home for Parkey, who suffered criticism earlier in the day in the year after he awakened four separate kicks off the uprights at weekly 10 victory over the Lions.
The Bears were not fortunate to escape with a win now, falling to Philadelphia 16-15.
“I thought that I’d hit a wonderful ball and has been trying to play the end,” Parkey reported. “There is really no reply for this. I didn’t allow it to be. I take this loss on me. The sun is going to shine tomorrowbut unfortunately that one is going to sting for some time.”
Parkey made his first three field goal attempts on Sunday.
The veteran kicker had a trying first season in Chicago after enrolling a four-year bargain in free service which included $9 million in guaranteed money.
Information from ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson was used in this report.