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SportEddy Pineiro's 38-yard FG vs. Packers is cause for celebration at Soldier Field

04:46  06 september  2019
04:46  06 september  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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The Packers face the Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago after the NFL decided, as part of its 100th anniversary celebration , to make the latest edition of this rivalry the Parkey is gone, and the Bears hope that Eddy Pineiro takes a positive first step Thursday toward ending their kicking misadventures.

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Normally a successful 38-yard field goal isn’t a newsworthy NFL happening. Even when it marks the first points of the NFL season.

Eddy Pineiro's 38-yard FG vs. Packers is cause for celebration at Soldier Field© Provided by Oath Inc. Eddy Pineiro avoided a disastrous start to his Bears career with a 38-yard field goal conversion against the Packers. (AP)

But when the Chicago Bears are involved, it’s a different story.

The Bears got on the board first in Thursday’s NFL kickoff game against the Green Bay Packers thanks to the 38-yard kick from Eddy Pineiro that gave Chicago a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter.

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Sigh of relief

It was a no-doubter off Pineiro’s right foot that hit dead center between the uprights.

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It’s the exact start Pineiro needed to his Bears career.

Bears’ kicking woes

After an offseason that saw the Bears audition a slew of kickers with middling results, Pineiro ultimately won the job over Elliott Fry, who was released during the preseason.

The stress is all tied to the 43-yard field goal Cody Parkey missed that would have won a playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Bears lost that game. Soldier Field booed Parkey. And the kicking position has been the biggest story of the Bears offseason.

A make for Pineiro doesn’t necessarily point to future success as the Bears kicker, of course. But it was certainly a much better alternative than a miss.

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