It was the sixth time Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey has hit an upright with a missed attempt this seasonDefending Super Bowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles advanced in the NFL play-offs after Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey missed a game-winning field-goal attempt in a 16-15 thriller.Parkey hit the post and crossbar on his 43-yard attempt…
Defending Super Bowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles advanced in the NFL play-offs after Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey missed a game-winning field-goal attempt in a 16-15 thriller.
Parkey hit the post and crossbar on his 43-yard attempt in the final seconds.
Quarterback Nick Foles had hit Golden Tate to give the Eagles a slender lead with 56 seconds remaining in Chicago.
In Sunday’s other wildcard game, the Los Angeles Chargers held off a late Baltimore Ravens rally to win 23-17.
The Eagles came into the play-offs as the sixth seed with Foles, who led the team to their first Super Bowl title against the New England Patriots last year, once again the starting quarterback after another injury to Carson Wentz towards the end of the regular season.
Foles threw two first-half interceptions but also two touchdowns, putting Philadelphia 10-6 up in the third quarter with a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dallas Goedert.
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky responded with a 22-yard touchdown to Allen Robinson before a failed two-point conversion attempt left the hosts 15-10 up with nine minutes to go in the fourth quarter at Soldier Field.
After Foles found Tate late on, with the Eagles also missing a two-point conversion, Trubisky drove the Bears into field-goal range.
Parkey hit his first attempt but it did not count because Eagles coach Doug Pederson had called a timeout just before the Bears snapped the ball – a tactic known as icing the kicker.
And with his next kick, Parkey struck the left upright, with the ball then bouncing off the crossbar and out, while replays also suggested Eagles defensive tackle Treyvon Hester deflected it slightly with his fingertips.
“I feel terrible,” said Parkey. “There’s really no answer to it. I thought I hit a good ball.”
The Eagles will now face the top seed New Orleans Saints away in the National Conference divisional round, while the Los Angeles Rams host the Dallas Cowboys, with both games on Sunday.
The Chargers took a 23-3 lead in Baltimore with just over nine minutes left after rookie Mike Badgley kicked the last of his five field goals.
Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson threw two touchdowns to Michael Crabtree to move the Ravens within seven points.
But with 45 seconds to go, Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu forced a fumble from Jackson to secure the win.
In defeat, Jackson became the youngest quarterback in NFL play-off history on the eve of his 22nd birthday.
The Chargers booked a divisional-round meeting next Sunday in New England against the Patriots, while AFC top seeds the Kansas City Chiefs will host the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.