With the Bears trailing by a point and having driven to the Chargers' 21-yard line, coach Matt Nagy felt confident enough in Pineiro to have quarterback Mitchell Trubisky take a knee on first-and-10 with 43 seconds remaining. It set up Pineiro for a 41-yard field-goal attempt from the left hash mark with four seconds left, but his kick veered wide to the left as time expired.
"I'm not even going to get into that," Nagy said. "I had zero thought of running the ball and not kicking it. The chances of fumbling the football -- they know you're running the football, so you lose three, four yards. That wasn't even in our process as coaches to think about that.
"Throwing the football right then and there, what happens if you take a sack or fumble? There was zero thought of that. I'll just be brutally clear: zero thought or throwing the football, zero thought of running the football. That's exactly what it was. It's as simple as that."
The 24-year-old Pineiro was 9-of-10 on field-goal attempts entering the day before struggling. He missed a 33-yard field-goal attempt off the left upright in the first quarter. During a timeout prior to the potential game-winning kick, Pineiro spent his time out on the field reading what he saw to be a right-to-left wind, which contributed to a kick that missed just to the left.
"Obviously, it's a bad feeling," Pineiro said. "Lost the game for the team. Put that one on me. I'm going to come back and bounce back.
"It's my job. I got to learn how to figure it out. There are no excuses. Missed the kick, lost the game."
Both of Pineiro's misses came at the north goalposts, which were made infamous by Cody Parkey's double-doink miss in the final seconds of the Bears' playoff 16-15 loss to the Eagles in the wild-card round last January. The circumstances surrounding that miss forced the Bears to release Parkey and set out on a search for a new kicker, which led them to Pineiro.
Nagy maintained that he still has "the ultimate confidence" in Pineiro as the Bears' kicker.