Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, who played linebacker for the Bears from 1984 to 1992, admitted after Carolina’s 23-13 preseason victory at Soldier Field that he intentionally called a timeout before Chicago’s Elliott Fry attempted a 43-yard field goal to help his former team better evaluate the rookie kicker.
Fry’s 43-yard kick, which he successfully converted after the timeout, holds great significance.
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Fry and fellow Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro have spent most of training camp alternating days that they kick.
Fry was the clear winner on Thursday night, hitting the important 43-yarder and a PAT.
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