It's a strange spot for a couple of teams that were playoff regulars and Super Bowl contenders not so long ago.
Indy (3-10) will miss the postseason for the third consecutive season largely because injuries have forced Andrew Luck to miss 23 of the past 42 games, including every game this season, and it took time for a rebuilt defense to get in sync.
Denver's offense has struggled as it continues searching for a long-term successor to Peyton Manning, and the Broncos' special teams units have been equally bad.
"I told our guys there's going to be one football game on in the entire world," Denver Coach Vance Joseph said.
"I think that's one thing that I'm the most proud of with this team is they continue to fight through tough situations and bad outcomes and stuff like that, so I'm expecting the same for the last three games.
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