Eddy Pineiro Kicks Field Goal as Time Expires to Lead Chicago Bears to Victory

Eddy Pineiro is kickin’ it in The Windy City while leading his team to victory…

The 24-year-old Cuban and Nicaraguan American NFL football player and Chicago Bears placekicker booted a 53-yard field goal as time expired to lead his team to a 16-14 victory over the Denver Broncos.

Eddy Pineiro

Pineiro finished the game 3-for-3 on field goal attempts, including a 52-yard conversion in the second quarter.

“It felt different. This was an emotional kick,” Pineiro said afterwards. “With everything I’ve been through. The whole kicking situation. The Augusta silence. The media, everybody piling on.”

The Bears (1-1) went 1-of-2 on 50-yard field goals last season. The last time Chicago made two 50-yard field goals in the same game was 2011 at the Oakland Raiders, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

The Bears settled on Pineiro to replace Cody Parkey after an exhaustive offseason search that at one point included nine place-kickers at the club’s annual rookie minicamp in May.

The Bears traded for Pineiro in the spring after he spent last year on the Oakland Raiders‘ injured reserve list.

“I like rooting for good people and he’s a good person,” Bears coach Matt Nagysaid. “He fought for a lot to get to this point. He listened to coaches, he trusted himself, and teammates that believe in him. Good things happen to good people. 42-yarder, 52-yarder, 53 to win the game. Can’t make that up.”

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