Well, that one hurt.
I can't think of much else to say other than that it really, really sucked. When he doinked it, I collapsed to the ground. Just fell over like my bones had been ripped out of me.
My wife, who was sitting on the couch, asked if I was OK. I wasn't. I'm not sure when I'll be OK again. I moped around the house for the rest of the night. Not saying much, ignoring my phone, quietly petting my dogs, staring into nothing.
I really expected them to win that one, especially after how good Trubisky looked in the fourth quarter. It was going to be the first chapter in his legacy, but instead, it's an anything but a storybook ending.
I don't resent Cody Parkey for missing the kick. I don't wish him any ill will. I hope he has a long and fruitful NFL career. Just not for the Bears. He needs to go after what he did all season. It wasn't one kick. It was 11 kicks. He missed 11 kicks this year, including extra points and the postseason. He had missed 16 kicks in his previous four seasons combined.
Despite the pain and possibly never healing scars, I still believe this season was a success for Chicago. It won 12 games on the way to a division title and saw great progress from a number of key players, including the most important one, Mitch Trubisky.
But damn, did it have to end that way? I would have preferred getting blown out. Losing 30-14 is fine. I could have turned it off. My hope would have quickly disappeared and it would have felt like being a regular ol' Bear fan again. But to lose on a doinked last second field goal? Gross. But I guess it's better than missing the playoffs and having to hire a brand new coach and hoping he can mesh with my diva quarterback.
My picks weren't great last week, either, but who cares any more. I'm not going to watch another game this year. It's Wrestlemania season. I have bigger fish to fry, like who is going to win the Royal Rumble (or The Bachelor...love me some Hannah G!).
Indianapolis at Kansas City: The Chiefs had an unceremonious exit last offseason, but seem poised to stick around longer this year. I was thoroughly impressed by the Colts win over the Texans, but I believe they will find the right mix this year.
The Texans had a bad game plan against the Colts and had too many 3 and outs and short drives. The Chiefs, especially in Arrowhead, are a difficult opponent and with an extra week of rest and prep, I think they roll to a win. CHIEFS 28, COLTS 17.
Dallas at LA Rams: There may not be a bigger slam dunk than this game (besides voting Tammy Maegli for Town of Beloit Chairperson!). The Cowboys were lucky to get this far, but their luck runs out against the Rams. Their offense will struggle to contain the pass rush from the Rams (meaning Aaron Donald) and won't be able to stop Todd Gurley and Jared Goff. I like the Rams to walk away with this one. RAMS 31, COWBOYS 20
LA Chargers at New England: Phillips Rivers is probably the best QB in the NFL right now not to have a Super Bowl. Tom Brady has six. Right? Is it six? Boy, that's a lot.
The Patriots should probably win this game, but I have a good feeling about the Chargers here. I don't know why. It sort of feels like a lifetime achievement award for Rivers, but he probably deserves it. I'll go with the upset and keep my all LA Super Bowl alive. CHARGERS 24, PATRIOTS 23.
Philadelphia at New Orleans: If the Saints come out and play like crap and let the Eagles win, I might freak out. I desperately need New Orleans to steamroll Philly so I feel better knowing the Bears probably wouldn't have won anyway.
However, if the Eagles come out and keep it close and get some type of garbage play to win, I'll need my wife to hide the sharp objects. And the student who wore an Eagles shirt in class on Monday this week? I hope you enjoy retaking English next year, buddy. SAINTS 28, EAGLES 17.