INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton on Wednesday earned his first-career AFC Offensive Player of the Week award for his performance in last Sunday's road victory against the Houston Texans.
Hilton's day included five receptions for 175 yards and two touchdowns, and the Colts would need every bit of his production in their 20-14 victory at NRG Stadium.
Hilton becomes the first Colts player to win an AFC Offensive Player of the Week award since quarterback Andrew Luck, who has won it four times in his career, most recently in Week 13 last season after his standout performance in a road victory over the New York Jets.
Hilton also becomes the second Colts player to earn conference Player of the Week honors this season, as kicker Adam Vinatieri was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 5.
Against the Texans, Hilton's 175 yards receiving was his third highest for a regular season game in his career. Two of his top three receiving yardage performances have come this season (Week 5 vs. San Francisco, 177). He is also tied with Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown for the most 150-yard receiving performances in the NFL this season with three.
The Texans game also marked Hilton's seventh-career multiple touchdown game, while he topped the 100-yard mark for the 27th time in his career.
Most importantly to Hilton, his major contributions came in a Colts victory, and snapped a three-game losing streak in the process.
"That's what they need me to do," Hilton said. "I'm a big-play guy, so for me it's just go out there, play my game and make the big plays. Normally when I make those plays, we win."
Hilton and the Colts return home this Sunday, when they take on Brown and the Steelers at Lucas Oil Stadium.