INDIANAPOLIS – The script that Hollywood would have thrown out long before the final scene was about to take another twist.
A 28-point third quarter deficit had been trimmed to six points and the Colts needed one more touchdown to complete the second largest comeback in NFL postseason history.
As the Colts were about to take the field with 5:36 remaining, Chuck Pagano had a message for second-year receiver
“Go win the game for us.”
To almost all, those six words sound a lot easier said than done.
But T.Y. Hilton showed once again on Saturday afternoon why he isn’t just “somebody”.
Hilton beat soft press coverage off the line of scrimmage and got behind the Chiefs secondary for the 64-yard score and eventual game-winning touchdown.
“Andrew called the play and said, ‘Just run’,” Hilton said following the 45-44 victory.
“I knew how (Chiefs safety Hussain Abdullah) was playing me so I took outside release, got up on the safety (Kendrick Lewis), got his hips turned, Andrew let it go, and I used my speed to get past both of them.”
Coming into Saturday, T.Y. Hilton was third in the NFL with five touchdowns of at least 50 yards since the start of last season.
With the Colts comeback still needing one more scene,
“It was a deliberate shot,” Luck said. “I had LaVon (Brazill) underneath but I think the way T.Y. (Hilton) was playing…T.Y. got some space and he did everything really.”
Hilton was heading into the playoffs fresh off a career-high 11-catch, 155-yard afternoon to close out the regular season.
It’s been a record setting first two seasons with the Colts for Hilton as he set the team mark for the most receiving yards after two years with 1,944.
“He’s unbelievable. He’s a game-wrecker,” Pagano said. “In these type of games, big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games and that’s what T.Y. did today. He’s stepped up many times before and he did it again for us today.”
While the 64-yard touchdown will certainly go down as the highlight for Hilton, he spent the entire afternoon carving up the Chiefs secondary.
There was Hilton hauling in receptions on the first three Colts plays before finishing off the opening drive with a 10-yard touchdown catch.
Then midway through the third quarter, Hilton was back at it with two catches for 24 yards on a drive that cut the Chiefs lead to 14.
With the Colts down 10 to begin the fourth quarter, Hilton continued to shred the Kansas City defense. His three catches in four plays added up to 42 yards and the Colts would eventually score on the drive to make the score 41-38 in favor of the Chiefs.
Following a Kansas City field goal, the curtain was drawn for Hilton’s final act.
Hilton made sure though to save one final ‘T, Y’ celebration for those in the north end zone who didn’t get to be up close and personal for his two scores.
As Luck took the final knee, Hilton put his arms out and mimicked a flying motion towards the north end zone before the fans joined in with the ‘T, Y’ dance.
Now Hilton and the Colts will fly to their next destination after a closing act no one in Indianapolis will ever forget.
“Can’t even put a hand on it,” Hilton said after the 28-point comeback win. “We’re a resilient team. We don’t quit. We don’t give up. We always go fight until the end. Sixty minutes, don’t judge, that’s our motto. One thing you can’t measure with this group of guys is our heart.”