Colts Season Comes to An End
The NFL season is over for the Indianapolis Colts after suffering a 27-24 loss to the Buffalo Bills in an AFC Wild Card Round Playoff Game.
Indianapolis was a 6.5-point underdog against the number two seed in the AFC and came up just one score short.
The Colts made it to the playoffs as a Wild Card in the AFC after finishing the regular season with an 11-5 record. It was another successful regular season for the team, but success in the playoffs continues to be a struggle.
Indianapolis actually had more total yards of offense in the loss on Saturday, finishing with 472 to just 397 for the Buffalo Bills. A decision to go for a fourth-down conversion instead of trying to kick a field goal in the second quarter proved to be the difference.
The Colts didn’t do themselves any favors by failing to win the AFC South and then having to travel to Buffalo in the Wild Card round. Indianapolis suffered a season-opening loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, which ended up being the only win Jacksonville had all season.
Injuries plagued the Colts for much of the season, and running back Marlon Mack was one of the biggest names to go down. The defense was one of the best in football, and rookie running back Jonathan Taylor emerged as a potential future star in this league.
Linebacker Justin Leonard was named to the All-Pro team, and he will continue to lead the Colts defense in the coming years. There are plenty of question marks heading into the 2021 season, but those will have to be answered at a later date.
Rivers Set to Return?
One of the biggest questions facing the Colts after the 2020 season is what to do at the quarterback position. Indianapolis signed Philip Rivers to a one-year deal prior to the 2020 season, and the veteran quarterback was as good as advertised.
In the playoff loss on Saturday, Rivers threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns, and that was after a terrific regular season. Rivers is nearing the end of his career, but he has indicated that he would like to continue playing quarterback in Indianapolis.
Head coach Frank Reich wasted little time expressing his desire to have Rivers back with the Colts under center next season, but he won’t have the final decision. Rivers does come with a heavy price tag, and the Colts could look to make some changes through the draft or via a trade.
Season Continues for One Player
There is one Colts player that will continue playing football this season, and that is tackle Jared Veldheer. Veldheer has reportedly signed a deal with the Green Bay Packers and is expected to take the field this weekend when the Packers host the Los Angeles Rams.
The Colts lured Veldheer out of retirement earlier this season and elevated him from the practice squad before the game against the Bills but never signed him to the team’s 53-man roster. That has allowed him to seek other opportunities, and he will be headed to Green Bay.
If he appears in the game for Green Bay, he would be the first player in NFL history to play for two different teams in a single postseason.
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