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The Sound of a Season Ending

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It wasn’t supposed to happen. And if it was meant to happen, it wasn’t supposed to go down like that.

On what would have been a 43-yard field goal that would have won the game and would have sent the Chicago Bears into the divisional round, Cody Parkey hit the left upright … and the crossbar.

Doink. Doink. A horrifying echo of itself, punctuating the season.

One moment. One football. One upright. One crossbar. One miss. And the season is over.

That the miss came after Parkey nailed a kick as Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson called an icing timeout is the kind of cosmic evil I’m not sure Bears fans deserved. But it happened.

It’s a kick to the nether regions and a bitter ending to what was mostly a sweet ride. The Bears exceeded all preseason expectations. They won 12 games, went 5-1 against an NFC North that featured two preseason Super Bowl favorites, won that NFC North, and played their way into a home playoff game. As far as I’m concerned, the ending didn’t present a true snapshot of the season that just happened.

But it still hurts so badly.

We’ll have more words tomorrow and in the coming days. But for now, the sound of a season ending will have to do.

Brett Taylor contributed to this post.


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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation Bears, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.