The Indianapolis Colts had one job on Sunday. Beat the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars and officially clinch a berth in the NFL playoffs. Considering the Jags came into the game at 2-14 and their fans were literally dressing up as clowns in protest of the franchise, this should have been a cakewalk.

Instead, the Jaguars dominated the Colts en route to a shocking 26-11 victory. The Colts now have to wait and see how things play out between the Ravens and Steelers as well as the Sunday Night Football matchup between the Chargers and Raiders which features a fascinating scheduling quirk to consider.

A large part of the reason the Colts fell on their faces Sunday was quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz went 17 of 29 for 185 yards, one touchdown, and an interception on the day, though much of that came on a fourth-quarter drive that was too little, too late. The 29-year-old signal-caller who almost missed last week’s game after testing positive for COVID while unvaccinated hasn’t looked sharp in either week and the offense seemed to follow his decline.

For a lot of NFL fans, Wentz’s meltdown when it mattered most reminded them of his time with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he never actually played in the playoffs during his five seasons there, which include a Super Bowl run. And everyone was happy to pile on given the way the Colts tried to rub it in Philly’s face afterward when he became their quarterback. It appears that Philly got the last laugh, however, as a clause in that trade based on Wentz’s playing time means they get a first-round pick from the Colts in the same season they’ll be headed to the playoffs.

Wentz’s reputation for falling apart when the season is on the line was strengthened pretty hard on Sunday. We’ll see if he gets a chance at redemption next week or if this will follow him and the franchise into next season.

About Sean Keeley

Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.