Here's an article explaining why the Colts always rest near the end of the season, from Dec 1 (I think from 2009): Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian: Concept of late-season rust and momentum ?pure fantasy? It seems like the ghosts of Polian's past muddle his current decision making. I would say that, had the Colts already lost a game, the game was meaningless. However, I think that the game was not meaningless. Meaningless for standings, yes. Meaningless for history, no.