Those who are blaming Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey for Sunday's 16-15 Wild Card playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles might want to credit Treyvon Hester for making a game-saving play instead.
According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, Hester has officially been credited for blocking Parkey's game-winning 43-yard attempt - which bounced off the left upright and bottom crossbar before falling to the ground - making it a no-good attempt.
If you look at the slow motion replay closely, it looks clear that Hester did indeed get his hand on it - making him the hero and Parkey much less of a scapegoat.
All-22 footage clearly shows Treyvon Hester got a piece of Cody Parkey’s final FG attempt vs. Eagles. pic.twitter.com/kAZdjdXug4— Nick Shook (@TheNickShook) January 7, 2019
Many Bears fans were quick to blame Parkey for not hitting it through the uprights, showering the 26-year-old with boos as he ran into the locker room. But at the end of the day, its not on Parkey - but rather the special teams unit that allowed Hester to get loose and put his hand up.
Parkey's initial game-winning attempt went right through, but Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson used his timeout in an attempt to ice the kicker. It wound up working perfectly, as Hester made the game-saving play to give the defending Super Bowl champions another chance to defend their Super Bowl championship.
It's easy for fans and pundits to blame the kicker in a situation like this, but it was Parkey who scored the bulk of Chicago's points with a trio of field goals. The offense could only muster one touchdown, and they failed to secure a two-point conversion that would have put Chicago up by three.
And it it wasn't Parkey that allowed the Eagles to score the game-winning touchdown on fourth and goal in the final minute, when Chicago was one stop away from closing out the game.
What This Means
After the game, Parkey met with reporters and put the blame on himself, but emphasized that he did all he could to make the kick. Hopefully, Hester's blocked field goal ruling will silence those who wrongfully put all the blame on Parkey.