The Philadelphia Eagles were desperately seeking a lift with little time left to save their season.
The NFL changed the ruling on the missed field goal by Parkey, that ultimately would have won his team the game.
Philadelphia Eagles fans are flooding a Venmo account allegedly belonging to Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey - or someone with the same name - after Parkey's missed 43-yard field goal attempt handed the Eagles a win during the National Football League playoff game on Sunday night. "I feel awful. Continue to put things into perspective, continue to just put my best foot forward and just sleep at night knowing that I did everything in my power this week to make that kick and for whatever reason it hit the crossbar and the upright".
The Eagles coach knew Parkey had a patchy record during the season, having missed 10 kicks at goal earlier in the campaign.
Known in the game as "icing the kicker", calling a time-out just before the start of the play piles added pressure on the kicker, giving more time for anxiety and nerves to play a part.
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While Eagles fans are in the giving mood, Bears fans are looking for payback.
Unsurprisingly, social media was awash with reaction to the game's dramatic finish.
Video shows that Hester actually tipped Parkey's kick, affecting its path and quite likely leading to its miss.
Following the loss, Parkey seemed perplexed about the miss, and that's because he thought he hit the ball well. "I feel bad. I let the team down. I a hundred percent take that loss on me, and it is what it is, but the sun's going to shine tomorrow, life's going to go on, and unfortunately it's going to sting for a while".
The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles are headed to New Orleans to face the Saints next weekend.