Under the loud Boos of his own Fans jogged Cody Parkey from the field and crouched down to be heartbroken in the cabin. With a dramatic missed Field Goal, the Kicker of the Chicago Bears against the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles, awarded the long-awaited entry into the NFL quarter-finals. Five seconds before the end of the trial of the 26-Year-old bounced post to the possible victory of the left, then to the cross-rod and from there back to the Football field. “It is one of the worst feelings in the world to have your Team in the lurch. I feel terrible,“ Parkey after the 15:16-defeat in the first knockout round.
The fairy tale story continues
Actually be Kick from 43 Yards was already gone by the rods, but because the Eagles had previously taken a break, had to Parkey ran again and missed. For the sixth Time this season he’s hit the boom, twice as often as any other Kicker in the League. “The defeat is 100 percent on me,” said Parkey. His teammates didn’t want him to postpone, but, nevertheless, the debt that Chicago has to wait for 2010 to a playoff victory. “This is a hard pill he must swallow. But he’s still our teammate, our brother,“ said Star-defender Khalil Mack.
Philadelphia Super Bowl Hero Nick Foles extended, however, to disbelieve his arms in the air. The Quarterback that had led the Eagles as a replacement player for the title, wrote to his fairy-tale story. After two early-intercepted passes he made with two Touchdowns against the Bears but still for the turn. His decisive Pass caught Wide Receiver Golden Tate 56 seconds before the end in the end zone. “Of course we hoped that he misses,” said Foles. “The most Important thing was that no-one has lost the Faith.”
In the quarter-finals hits Philadelphia on Sunday on the number one seeded New Orleans Saints Star Quarterback Drew Brees. Despite its strong performance it is still unlikely that Foles will play as a replacement for the currently injured master game-maker Carson Wentz also next season for the Eagles. In the history of the NFL, there was still no Quarterback who has won in consecutive seasons of playoff games in the regular season, but only in five or less games started.
“He makes the people easy to talk to,” said Eagles defender Brandon Graham over Foles. “But he is of the Hoorah. If something happens, it happens. If not, life goes on. I love his mentality. He never Waver.“