Last week, Indianapolis Colts’ receiver T.Y. Hilton admitted he not been producing and promised to be better. Sunday, he kept his promise and was influential in the team’s 26-22 win over the San Diego Chargers.
Prior to Sunday’s game, Hilton had not scored a touchdown in the past seven regular season games. He had only accumulated 10 receptions for 120 receiving yards. He knew he was not getting the job done.
"“For me it’s more personal this week. We’re 0-2. I haven’t made plays, haven’t had a game-changing performance yet. This week I look forward to it… I have to make plays. I guarantee you I will make plays.”"
That was the quote Hilton gave to ESPN’s Mike Wells last week. Well, the 26-year-old Hilton made good on his guarantee and torched the Chargers’ secondary.
Hilton finished Sunday afternoon’s contest with eight receptions on 11 targets for 174 receiving yards and one touchdown. That one touchdown, which was his first of the season, came in crunch time and in spectacular fashion.
This touchdown is the biggest play of the Colts’ season so far, and it could spark a turnaround for the team after a dismal 0-2 start.
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Hilton’s 63-yard touchdown saved the Colts from falling into a doomed 0-3 start to the 2016 season. In the past 10 seasons, no 0-3 team has made the playoffs. Hilton’s late game heroics pushed the Colts to 1-2 and still give them a shot at making the playoffs.
With No. 2 receiver Donte Moncrief out for 4-6 weeks, there was a lot of more pressure on Hilton to perform well. He did not disappoint. He welcomed the additional adversity and thrived off of it.
The Colts travel to London, England to face the 0-3 Jacksonville Jaguars. Statistically, the Jaguars have had one of the 10 best pass defenses so far this season. Still, Hilton should be very relevant for the Colts against this AFC South rival.
Hilton called his shot last week and delivered. The Colts need more spectacular performances from him in the next couple of weeks if they want to position themselves for a playoff berth.