Wild Card Postgame: Eagles 16, Bears 15

There’s no sugarcoating it. This is a loss that will hurt for awhile. Long after the game. Long after the Super Bowl. Long into the offseason. It’s still unbelievable.

The Chicago Bears lost 16-15 to the Philadelphia Eagles by a matter of inches — and one Cody Parkey’s foot. After the Eagles scored with less than a minute remaining in the game to take the lead, quarterback Mitch Trubisky drove his offense down the field in three swift plays, including a beauty of a throw to Allen Robinson that set up a game-winning field goal try.

Trubisky did his job. He got his kicker within a reasonable distance. Forty-three yards. Not a cake-walk but also not that intimidating. Trubisky’s perfect ending soon morphed into a nightmare when Parkey’s 43-yard kick hit the left upright and the crossbar sending the Eagles onto the next round and the Bears home packing.

“We’re all shell-shocked a little bit,” Trubisky said. “We didn’t expect it to end that way. But we put ourselves in a pretty good position to win that game.”

If Parkey’s kick had gone just four inches to the right, the football world would be talking about how this game was Trubisky’s coming-out party. The narrative surrounding Trubisky would change. Not to say that it hasn’t a bit, but if Trubisky leads his team to this playoff win, there would be a different feeling surrounding the national perspective.

Trubisky, who was shaky for a good part of the game, came alive in the fourth quarter just when his team needed him to. He put together

“Those are the moments that you live for in any sport,” Nagy said. “You want to hit the game-winning 3-pointer, right? You’re down, and you get a chance to bring your team back, kick a field goal, win the game — and he did that. He did everything we asked him to do.”

While the Bears’ magical season came to an abrupt end in the first round of the playoffs, there’s no denying that the future is bright for this team — and their quarterback.

“I feel like I’ve come a long way,” Trubisky said. “But I also feel like I’m really just getting started.”

“He looked at me and he gave me a smile,” Nagy said of Trubisky. “I just told him: ‘This is where the story begins.'”

And while the Bears didn’t get the win, this is just the beginning of the story. Stay tuned.

Check out Mitch Trubisky and Matt Nagy’s press conferences below:

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