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Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey (1) reacts after missing a field goal in the closing minute during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Chicago. The Eagles won 16-15. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Football is supposed to be a game of inches. The Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles would need a much smaller unit of measurement to decide the winner of their NFL wild card game on Sunday night.

Down 16-15 with 10 seconds left on the clock to the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles, the Bears lined up for a 43-yard field goal. Chicago kicker Cody Parkley had already connected on field goal attempts of 36, 29 and 34 yards. However, the biggest kick of the season just missed.

Or if you prefer, here it is in Spanish:

The play may have killed the Bears’ mascot, Staley Da Bear.

Apparently, Parkley has a habit of doing this.

ESPN Stats confirmed that crazy number.

Despite the awful moment, he took the time to see something bigger than himself.

In the end, he left the field to boos from Bears fans.

Despite the jeers, Parkley spoke to reporters after the game.

And it might not be his fault. His kick may have been tipped.

Utah volleyball player honored

What a year it’s been for Bountiful native Jake Gibb.

The 42-year-old was recently named USA Volleyball Male Beach Player of the Year — it’s the third time he has been so honored, but the first time since 2013.

Gibb and his partner Taylor Crabb are the top-ranked American team on the AVP Tour (11th overall) after winning tour events in Seattle and Chicago this season.

Gibb also got his masters in the science of education from the Keller Graduate School last year, but he has no plans for retirement as he plans on a busy 2019 with 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo coming up.

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“Our coach, Rich Lambourne, has us focusing on the World Championships right now, which is just how I like it,” Gibb said. “The Olympics are too far out to worry about as athletes. It’s such a fun journey to go on with Taylor, though. I can’t wait for the next two years.”

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