For most of the first half of this game, NBC and their broadcasters kept making excuses that this Indianapolis Colts offense was inept due to the loss of Reggie Wayne. It was mentioned so many times that most people in the Indianapolis market took to Twitter to complain about it.
Lets be honest. The Colts’ first-half ineffectiveness was due to the lack of protection Andrew Luck got from the offensive line. When they made their adjustments, the offense shined.
Second-year man T.Y. Hilton showed they don’t need Wayne to win ballgames. He didn’t do a whole lot in the first half, but he showed up big-time in the second half as the duo of Hilton and Luck combined to single-handedly lead the Colts to an epic comeback victory.
Hilton finished the night with seven receptions for 121 yards and three touchdowns. All three of those scores came in the later stages of the game as he came up big when Indianapolis needed a play. Hilton became Luck’s favorite target as he had seven of Luck’s 18 completions.
The talk of the loss of Wayne will keep coming up, but if Hilton can keep putting up performances like he did tonight on the national stage, Indianapolis will move on without skipping a beat. This team is a realistic Super Bowl contender. They showed great poise to not give up and keep fighting. They trailed by 18 points at one point in the second half and came back to win when everyone thought this game was long over. Credit Hilton for this.