NFL playoffs 2019: Bears players rally around Cody Parkey after missed field goal

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Several Bears players came forward to publicly support kicker Cody Parkey, who missed the team’s potentially game-winning field goal Sunday against the Eagles.

With the score at 16-15, Parkey had one shot to make the game 18-16, but his kick went left and bounced off the upright, giving the Eagles the win in the Wild Card game.

“That’s our guy,” defensive tackle Akiem Hicks told the team’s website. “I’m going to ride with my guy. If you have that ‘C’ on your helmet, I’m going to ride with you to the end. I don’t care what happens on the field. We are together, that’s it.”

Veteran guard Kyle Long also consoled Parkey and said he reminded him the loss was a team effort, not on one player.

“I just told him, ‘Dude, you had half our points today,’” Long said. “I can’t even imagine what he’s going through. It’s a tough job, it’s a really tough job. I just wanted to make sure he understood that we all had his back and I think every guy in here did the same thing I did. I feel for Cody. At the end of the day, it’s a team thing. We lost as a team. We win as a team. We lose as a team. We could have done better in a lot of areas.”

Parkey made three field goals earlier in game, but the 43-yard attempt was his longest of the day. The ball was also tipped by Eagles defensive lineman Treyvon Hester.

Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky reiterated this was a team sport and they will continue to support each other.

“I’m proud of the way we played and the way we battled, but I mean, we stick together. We’re a family. When everything is going good and you win, it feels awesome. But when things don’t go your way and you lose, you have to deal with that as well,” Trubisky said.

“It’s not the way we wanted it, but that’s the reality, and just because something goes wrong doesn’t mean we break apart and we don’t stick together. That’s not who we are, that’s not the kind of culture we built in that locker room. We just come together even tighter and make sure it makes us better for the future.”