Indianapolis Colts in disbelief after season ends with loss to Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Indianapolis Colts needed to win one of their final two games to make the playoffs.

They couldn't get it done.

The Colts were eliminated from the playoffs about 45 minutes after the game when the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens in overtime.

"You're tired of looking for help," Leonard said. We always look for help when we can't help ourselves. If we can't beat the team we were supposed to beat, how do we expect to win the game and get in?

The word "shock" was used many times by the Colts. They didn't think their season would end on Sunday.

They rebounded from an 0-3 start to the season to become one of the hottest teams in the league, a team that had seven players named to the Pro Bowl, and the type of team some said could go deep in the playoffs.

Frank Reich looked at his face and said, "Never expected to be sitting here at this moment right now." We didn't get it done.

It was fitting that the Colts had their playoff hopes dashed in Jacksonville in Week 17 because they weren't prepared for the Las Vegas Raiders. They haven't won in Jacksonville since 2014, and they never really threatened theJaguars on Sunday.

Ryan Kelly said it was a shock to everyone. There is not many words to describe it. To not handle your business in the last two weeks of the season will hurt you for a long time. We have to look at ourselves. The room has the talent and leadership to do it. We didn't do it.

The Jaguars were able to knock their rivals out of the playoffs.

Darrell Bevell said that the game was a chance to go to the playoffs. I think that's enough, but there's so much more. I can't talk enough about how hard these guys work, how long they put in, and the time that people don't see.

The Colts made the playoffs in 2020 and were supposed to be even better this season. They gave the Philadelphia Eagles a first-round draft pick in order to get the quarterback they wanted in order to have Jonathan Taylor and a defense that finished second in the league in forced turnovers.

In the Colts' downfalls, Wentz played a role. Taylor was limited to 77 yards by the Jags, which gave the game to the Eagles. He was 17-of-29 for 185 yards with two turnovers. In the last eight games of the season, he threw for less than 200 yards twice.

"It's a bad feeling," he said. We didn't get it done because we were in control of our fate the last two weeks. A lot of guys' mouth was left a bad taste in my mouth. Not what we were expecting. We were expecting to finish stronger than we did. A bad feeling.