Down three points. Fourth quarter. Ten minutes, 55 seconds remaining in a game that has been agonizing all afternoon for the Eagles. What in the world was going through rookie placekicker Cody Parkey's mind as he trotted onto the field to attempt a 51-yard field goal?
"I didn't really think about it," said Parkey after nailing the kick -- with plenty to spare -- and adding a 28-yard field goal and a pair of point-after kicks as the Eagles reeled off 20 of their 34 unanswered second-half points in the fourth quarter. "I honestly didn't think about it. Once I go out there I just kind of zone out. I know what my job is -- to put three points on the board and that's what I was trying to do."
And that's what he did. Parkey kicked two field goals and had four PATs in the victory. His kickoffs were fine -- a touchback, 4 yards deep in the end zone, touchback, touchback, touchback, touchback and 5 yards deep in the end zone -- and he passed his NFL regular-season debut with high marks.
"I'm just looking for a good, solid kick every time I'm out there," said Parkey. "If I do that, you take the wind out of the game. The wind is pretty crazy in that stadium. I was able to hit both ways and go from there. If I can get good contact every time, it's going to be good."
Parkey certainly convinced doubters about his ability, although head coach Chip Kelly has been feeling good about his placekicker since Parkey won the job with field goals of 54 and 53 yards in the preseason finale against the Jets.
"I've been around him every day. I love his demeanor. I love his attitude. I love the way he approaches training. He's a real serious guy," said Kelly. "He's quiet, but he's very, very serious about his training.
"The stuff that you people are seeing now in the stadium in the Jets game and then in this game is what we've seen out on the practice field."