Following the loss, Parkey seemed perplexed about the miss, and that's because he thought he hit the ball well.
They had third-and-2 at the 25 when Mitchell Trubisky missed Anthony Miller on a deep pass down the middle. It was still a successful four months of football for Matt Nagy's team, but the way they lost their final game is certainly hard to swallow.
Parkey then stepped up for his final attempt. It did, in fact, alter the direction of Parkey's kick by a hair, causing it to hit the upright and fall short.
"There's really no answer to it", Parkey said.
I will say this, however: If you still blame Cody Parkey for the loss, you better go back and look at the tape. "I hit the post, what, six times this year, and I hit it twice on that one", he said. I feel for Cody.
If there's any consolation for Parkey, it appears Eagles defensive tackle Treyvon Hester tipped the ball as it sailed over the line of scrimmage. If you have that "C" on your helmet, I'm going to ride with you to the end. But you've got to learn from it.
If you have a case of the Monday's, we might be able to cure it. They squeezed into the playoffs by beating Washington and having the Bears (12-5) give them an assist by taking out Minnesota last week.
The veteran kicker had a trying first season in Chicago after signing a four-year deal in free agency that included $9 million in guaranteed money. "It's tough", Nagy said after the game. I don't care what happens on the field. I told him to keep his head up. "But that's still a teammate, that's your brother".