What a comeback for the Indianapolis Colts. The 28-point comeback victory was the second largest comeback in NFL history. Most will point to the demise of the Kansas City Chiefs, the Colts comeback, Andrew Luck’s poise or the Colts’ final defensive stand. But, the most overlooked factor in tonight’s win was Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton.
Hilton was the key to the engine tonight for the Colts’ offense as Kansas City has no answer for the second-year receiver.
Hilton, finished the game with 224 yards and two touchdowns including the game winner on 13 receptions. A lot were saying entering the game that Hilton and the Colts’ receivers weren’t big-game enough to advance past Kansas City or make noise in the playoffs. I’d say that this performance says it all.
Since Indianapolis has gained more weapons on this four-game winning streak, Hilton has 37 catches, 469 yards and two touchdowns. If that’s not worthy of granting status as an elite receiver, I don’t know what is.
Not many receivers can do what Hilton did. A total of 224 yards in a playoff game is among the best ever, but 469 over a month’s span is elite. He’s single handily making this team a contender. Without him the Colts would be lost.
That’s why Indianapolis has to look forward to the rest of the playoffs and next season.
Indianapolis is doing all of this without Reggie Wayne and starting tight end Dwayne Allen. Imagine where they will be with a healthy Wayne, Hilton, Griff Whalen, Da’Rick Rogers, LaVon Brazill, Coby Fleener and Allen?
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru