With their season on the line, one of the Indianapolis Colts top playmakers T.Y. Hilton answered the call with late game heroics, beating the San Diego Chargers secondary late for a game-winning 63-yard touchdown reception in what was a great performance overall.
The Indianapolis Colts had been a one-trick pony show–namely Andrew Luck until one of the team’s premier playmakers, T.Y. Hilton, finally stepped up in a big way during Sunday’s 26-22 thrilling win against the San Diego Chargers.
Hilton entered Sunday’s game with just 10 receptions for 120 receiving yards combined in two games and was admittedly angry at himself for not helping the team more earlier in the season:
"“I didn’t make no plays last week or the week before,” said Hilton via the Indy Star’s Zak Keefer. “I’m starting off slow. If I’m patient, it’s going to happen. We’re 0-2 and we can’t go down 0-3. I have to make plays. I guarantee I’ll make plays Sunday.”"
To his credit, Hilton kept to his word, as he simply made plays on Sunday, finishing with 8 receptions for 174 receiving yards including this game-winning 63-yard long touchdown catch, which was a thing of beauty:
With arguably his team’s playoff hopes on the line, Hilton made plays, as the Colts simply couldn’t afford to go 0-3 with still a very long schedule ahead of them.
During the team’s first two losses, it was the offense largely living and dying squarely on the shoulders of Luck, but the team’s most dangerous weapon, Hilton–nicknamed ‘The Ghost’, busted the Bolts coverage late in the 4th quarter when it mattered most.
Thus, the Colts are now 1-2–and with all 3 other divisional teams losing this week, are just a game behind the Houston Texans for supremacy atop the AFC South.
The team will travel to London next week to face a familiar divisional foe, the Jacksonville Jaguars, in order to try to get to .500 on the season and start their first win streak.