Philip Rivers turned 39 in December. He’s not going to ignore the obvious.
Time is running out in his football career. Tom Brady has had a great season at 43, so maybe Rivers has a few more years to go. But Brady is an anomaly.
Rivers signed a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts. Maybe he’s back next season. Carson Wentz’s discussion involving Indianapolis will be fierce. If the Colts move on, maybe another team will want Rivers. That’s not guaranteed, with another deep quarterback class coming in via the draft.
The Colts face the Buffalo Bills on Saturday to kick off the NFL playoffs, a game that can be streamed live on the Yahoo Sports app. Rivers enters the playoffs with the stigma of being one of the most accomplished players on the field to never attend a Super Bowl.
He knows this might be his last move to change that.
Philip Rivers on his future
The Colts weren’t sure of a playoff spot until Week 17. They needed help getting in and got it from the Bills when Buffalo beat the Miami Dolphins. When the Colts weren’t even sure if they would make the playoffs, Rivers frankly said it might be his last game last Sunday.
“It crossed my mind,” Rivers said, according to the Indianapolis Star. “I said, ‘Shoot, if things don’t go the way you want this weekend, who knows what’s going on.’ Guess it’s probably healthy to have that thought because, shoot, you’re not guaranteed to get anything going. But to think that this might be the last game, the last game I play, sure. I don’t intend it to be, I hope not, but you have to recognize that it is a possibility. “
Rivers has played well this season. He had 4,169 yards, 24 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a rating of 97 passers. This is Rivers’ second-highest odds in a season since 2013. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he was back with the Colts. Coach Frank Reich praised Rivers’ play.
As many players over the years can tell you, nothing is guaranteed in the NFL.
Colts face tough test against Bills this weekend
Rivers has qualified for the AFC Championship game once in his 16 seasons with the Chargers. He played that game against the New England Patriots despite a torn ACL, and the Chargers lost 21-12.
The road for the Colts this season will be difficult. The Bills could be the hottest team in football. Josh Allen is playing as an MVP candidate and Buffalo’s defense has been better lately. The Bills are coming off a 56-26 victory over the Dolphins. Even if the Colts have the chance to beat the Bills, their divisional game would be against the Kansas City Chiefs 14-2.
Rivers’ career has been very good. He is an eight-time Pro Bowler. He is fifth all-time in passing yards (63,440) and passing touchdowns (421). Still, he’s not a sure Hall of Famer. The lack of a Super Bowl appearance will be an argument against him. Fair or not, that’s often how it goes for the quarters.
Rivers’ career compares favorably to that of two other QB stars in his draft class, Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger. Manning and Roethlisberger each have two Super Bowl wins. It will count for voters.
Rivers may have multiple chances of making it to a Super Bowl, but it takes luck to make the playoffs, regardless of Rivers’ team. He understands that every game could be his last, and he probably realizes that his chances of winning a Super Bowl are diminishing.
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