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Parkey Beats Former Team Twice


INDIANAPOLIS - The Eagles rushed the field to congratulate kicker Cody Parkey after he hit what appeared to be a game-winning 36-yard field goal as time expired.

There was only one problem. The Indianapolis Colts had called timeout.

Parkey had to do it all over again.

"I didn't realize that they called timeout, so everybody jumped on me and then I realized I was going to have to kick it again. It was exciting. I got to hit the warm-up," Parkey said.

The rookie kicker had the opportunity to beat the team that was set to release him before trading him to the Eagles midway through the preseason. And without flinching, Parkey nailed the ball between the uprights, a second time, to give the Eagles a thrilling, come-from-behind 30-27 win on Monday Night Football.

"I just tried to treat it like any other kick," Parkey said. "I missed one earlier in the game and my team needed me. I had to come back and redeem myself."

Parkey hit three of his four field goal attempts, and bounced back after pushing a 38-yard kick - his second attempt of the game - wide left in the first quarter.

"I knew my team was going to need me. My teammates believed in me and they were talking me up on the sideline and I was able to come back and hit a few field goals," Parkey said.

Parkey followed up his debut against Jacksonville, one in which he hit a game-tying 51-yard field goal, with 12 points and four touchbacks. When Parkey went out for the second attempt, his teammates had no doubt that he would come up clutch.

"He's a confident kicker," said running back LeSean McCoy. "He's pretty good, so we were like, 'OK, do it again.'"

"Having Cody go in there and not only kick one, but two field goals just shows what kind of kicker he is, what kind of guy we have," said quarterback Nick Foles.

It's been a whirlwind past few weeks for Parkey. He was traded to the Eagles and won the kicking job after banging two field goals from over 50 yards in the preseason finale.

Now, he's got a game-winning kick on his resume. Against his former team no less.

"Since I've come in here, the guys have been nothing but confident in me," Parkey said. "They let me know all the time that they believe in me."

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