2020 NFL season in review: What went wrong, what's next for eliminated playoff teams

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The 2020 NFL playoffs began Saturday, which means three more teams will say goodbye to the 2020 NFL season.

The Indianapolis Colts were the first to exit the stage with games between the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Football Team to follow. Three more games complete the super wild-card weekend Sunday and the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers will join the playoff party next week after enjoying a first-round bye.

So what’s next for the teams that were eliminated from the playoffs this week? NFL Nation digs in.

What went wrong: It’s hard to say something went wrong when you finish with double-digit victories for just the second time since 2014. But the Colts didn’t give quarterback Philip Rivers a one-year, $25 million contract to simply lead them to the first weekend of the playoffs. Owner Jim Irsay wants to win “multiple Lombardis,” but they haven’t won any since the 2006 season. They had the talent to make the postseason, but the 2020 season proved there was little room for error. And Indianapolis nearly had one error

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