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Bears kicker Cody Parkey booked for Friday’s ‘Today’ show

Bears kicker Cody Parkey's 43-yard field goal attempt with 10 seconds left hit the left upright and crossbar and was no good, saddling the Bears with a 16-15 loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in a wild-card game at Soldier Field on Sunday. | David Banks/AP photo

Bears kicker Cody Parkey's 43-yard field goal attempt with 10 seconds left hit the left upright and crossbar and was no good, saddling the Bears with a 16-15 loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in a wild-card game at Soldier Field on Sunday. | David Banks/AP photo

Bears kicker Cody Parkey will take to a national stage to explain his “double-doink” field goal — and the aftermath.

He will be a guest Friday on the “Today” show, NBC’s popular morning program, the network said Thursday.

Parkey’s struggles were well-documented in Chicago after he hit the upright four times Nov. 11 against the Lions — twice on extra points and twice on field goals. He hit another upright on an extra point during the team’s regular-season finale against the Vikings.

On Sunday, though, Parkey’s struggles went national. With 10 seconds left, he lined up for a 43-yard field goal that would’ve beaten the Eagles in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

His kick hit the left upright, and the ball bounced onto the crossbar, then back onto the field. Eagles defensive lineman Treyvon Hester tipped the kick at the line of scrimmage. The next day, the NFL officially changed the miss to a block.

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Parkey addressed the failed kick immediately after the game, waiting at his locker for reporters.

“That’s one of the worst feelings in the world — to let your team down — so I feel terrible,” he said Sunday. “I’m going to continue to put things into perspective. [I’ll]continue to put my best foot forward and sleep at night, knowing that I did everything in my power this week to make that kick. For whatever reason, it hit the crossbar and the upright. I still couldn’t do it. Yeah, I feel terrible.”