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Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro vows to ‘be more focused’ after missing long PAT

Pineiro followed up a two-miss performance in Los Angeles — and a personal challenge from Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday — with two made field goals Sunday.

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Eddy Pineiro lines up before making a field goal Sunday against the Giants.
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When the Bears lined up to attempt a two-point conversion after taking a 19-7 lead in the third quarter, kicker Eddy Pineiro didn’t think he would be needed.

After the successful conversion was negated by an offensive pass-interference penalty, the Bears lined him up to kick a 43-yard extra point. But an illegal-substitution penalty pushed him back to the 48, and he missed it wide left.

“I have to be more concentrated on that,” Pineiro said. “I didn’t know if we were going to kick it, to go for it. I just have to be more focused, I would say.”

Pineiro followed up a two-miss performance in Los Angeles — and a personal challenge from Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday — with two field goals Sunday. He chipped in a 26-yarder with eight seconds left in the first half and a 24-yarder midway through the third quarter.

“It felt great, bouncing back a little bit from last week and gaining momentum,” he said. “That’s all I felt like I needed.”

It didn’t start well. He booted the opening kickoff out of bounds, only to watch Giants counterpart Aldrick Rosas do the same to start the second half.

“I hit it too hard,” Pineiro said. “I just have to do a regular swing, like the regular swing that I do. I hit it too hard.

“The other guy did the same thing, too. I was almost like, ‘I understand what you were trying to do there.’ ”

As Pineiro did a week earlier, Rosas missed two field goals in the first half. His first miss came after the snap practically rolled to the holder.

“I just got to make it,” Rosas said. “If the ball’s on the ground, I got to make it.”