Cody Parkey Finds Redemption In Bears' Win

November 19, 2018 - 12:57 am
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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- After his fourth and final miss of the disastrous work day, Bears kicker Cody Parkey walked off the field to a line of teammates. They patted him on the back, offered him support and picked him up.

The Bears believed in Parkey despite his missing two field goals and two extra points off the posts in a win against the Lions on Nov. 11. In the aftermath of those struggles, they knew well he could be their hero again soon. Parkey's moment of redemption came in the primetime setting of Soldier Field on Sunday, as he hit all three of his field-goal attempts, including a 48-yard with 2:48 remaining that helped secure a 25-20 victory against the Vikings at Soldier Field. 

Once again, Parkey walked off the field to the support of his teammates -- this time having delivered for the Bears.

"Obviously a really cool moment for me, to go out there and make the kick," Parkey said. "Try to make it as routine as possible. Things happen, and I miss kicks occasionally. But just to go out there and drill it felt really good."

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Parkey waited on the sidelines as coach Matt Nagy deliberated in a timeout whether he would send out the field goal team with a 22-14 game. His decision was based on the situation of a one-score game and considered the ramifications of a potential miss or block. After two touchdowns earlier in the game, Nagy had elected to go for two instead of having Parkey attempt the extra point.

As Parkey ran out for the field goal, Nagy gave him a wink and smile, as if he knew the ball would go through the uprights. He was right.

"For Cody to come back this week and be three-for-three in field goals is just a testament to who he is as a person," Nagy said. "And then to see our team rally behind him, that's a special moment there that we'll all remember."

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Parkey experienced a rough week following his four-miss debacle. He was a punch line of the Jimmy Fallon Show and was even shadowed by helicopters flying overhead Soldier Field on Wednesday night while he practiced kicks. 

To his credit, Parkey took it all in stride hoping for his chance at redemption.

"You want it to come down to you," Parkey said. "Especially coming off a bad week. You want to get that bad taste out of your mouth. It felt good."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​​