UPDATE: The NFL officially changed Cody Parkey’s missed kick to a block by Treyvon Hester. It’s the first blocked field goal in Eagles postseason history. Very good time for a first. Original story below.
It turns out that Cody Parkey’s missed game-winning field goal attempt from 43 yards out wasn’t just a lucky break for the Philadelphia Eagles. The reigning Super Bowl champions seemingly deserve some credit for making that miss happen.
After Sunday’s game, Malcolm Jenkins indicated that Eagles defensive tackle Treyvon Hester got a hand on Parkey’s kick:
Malcolm Jenkins said he knew Parker was going to miss: “We’ve been through too much for him to make it.” #Eagles. Also said Treyvon Hester got a hand on it.— Martin Frank (@Mfranknfl) January 7, 2019
Bo Wulf then followed up with Hester to confirm as much:
The Eagles are still alive thanks to the left hand of Treyvon Hester, who tipped Cody Parkey’s final kick. pic.twitter.com/NliKZhQ2eZ— Bo Wulf (@Bo_Wulf) January 7, 2019
And now we have some video evidence:
Here’s a frame-by-frame look that clearly shows the Parkey kick was tipped by Treyvon Hester (Hester confirmed to @Bo_Wulf he tipped it). pic.twitter.com/6dOXui7Yyp— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) January 7, 2019
Watch this video in slow-mo...Treyvon Hester comes up with a huge block off the tip of the fingers forcing the change of trajectory in the kick...wow. #CodyParkey #FLyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/e3jBT3VazL— Z (@KingZouric) January 7, 2019
And even more evidence:
This is the path of the football -- 10 frames per second -- with Hester shown the moment the football passes his fingertips. It does seem plausible (in this image) that the ball changed directions. pic.twitter.com/TBUo8PoNgH— Michael Lopez (@StatsbyLopez) January 7, 2019
It’s crazy to think that out of all the players on Eagles’ roster ... it was ultimately Treyvon Hester who kept the season alive. Just another example of how IT’S THE WHOLE TEAM (Jason Kelce voice) stepping up and making plays.
Hester wasn’t even on the 53-man roster to start the season! The Eagles originally signed him to their practice squad in September before promoting him to the main roster in October.
There’s not much, if any, glamour in being a solid rotational backup defensive tackle. But that’s exactly what Hester has been for the Eagles this year. And he just stepped up and saved the season. Insane.
Hats off to the Eagles’ pro personnel department on this signing.
And thank you Jon Gruden for cutting him from the Raiders!