Philip Rivers is nearing the end of what is his 17th season in the NFL as his Colts play host to the Jaguars on Sunday and it could very well be the last time he ever takes the field. The 39-yaer-old signed a one-year deal with Indianapolis during the offseason and if the Colts miss out on the playoffs he knows that it could be time for him to hang it up.
Rivers was asked if he had given any thought to the idea that Sunday’s game against Jacksonville could be his last NFL game ever and he admitted that it has crossed his mind.
Philip Rivers admits the notion of this possibly being his last game has crept in:
"It did cross my mind. If things don't go the way you want this weekend, it could be… I guess it's healthy to have that thought bc we're not guaranteed anything going forward."
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) December 30, 2020
Indianapolis has to beat Jacksonville to have any shot of getting into the postseason and could still win the AFC South if the Titans lose to Houston on Sunday. If both the Colts and Titans win, Tennessee holds the tiebreaker therefore Indianapolis will need help from other AFC teams on Sunday as well.
While the scenarios are seemingly endless, seeing the Browns, Dolphins, or Ravens lose this weekend increase Indy’s chances of getting into the playoffs.
If things fall into place, Rivers won’t quite have to make a decision on his future in the NFL.
If the Colts do miss out on the postseason, it’s pretty much a guarantee that Rivers’ time in Indianapolis is over. Whether or not another team around the league sees him as a legitimate No. 1 quarterback next season and gives him a shot is a different question.