Chicago Bears: 3 Clear Standouts From Sunday’s OT Thriller

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 02: Anthony Miller #17 of the Chicago Bears celebrates his touchdown in the final seconds of regulation play with teammates Bobby Massie #70 and Josh Bellamy #15 to force overtime against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 02, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 02: Anthony Miller #17 of the Chicago Bears celebrates his touchdown in the final seconds of regulation play with teammates Bobby Massie #70 and Josh Bellamy #15 to force overtime against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 02, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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GLENDALE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 23: Kicker Cody Parkey #1 of the Chicago Bears. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 23: Kicker Cody Parkey #1 of the Chicago Bears. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /

2. Cody Parkey, K

It was not too long ago on a chilly night that a Chicago news’ helicopter hovered above Soldier Field to watch the Bears’ kicker practice his craft.

After completing a historical feat of connecting with the goal post four times, Parkey has been perfect since. The 26-year-old placekicker hit both his field goals on Sunday as well as all three extra points.

While being perfect in three straight games after coming off the worst performance of your career shows mental fortitude and grit, Parkey may have had the best kick of his career on Sunday. The NFL was 3 of 38 recovering onside kicks in 2018, after Cody Parkey struck the pigskin, that moved to 4 of 39.

In what would have been a play that transforms a middling, controversial, kicker into a city’s hero (at least until the next week), Cody Parkey’s efforts may be lost in the overarching narrative that ends as a loss.

A kicker may never be the flashy pick, but Parkey has handled adversity well which has not been the case for the most recent Bear’s kickers.

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