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Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton Did Something No Duo in NFL Playoff History has Done

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Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton have done something that no quarterback/wide receiver duo in NFL playoff history has done.

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Quarterback Andrew Luck and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton have emerged as two of the biggest stars on one of the league's top-ranked offenses, and both players made the Pro Bowl this season.  Luck threw for a franchise-record 4,761 yards and a league-leading 40 touchdowns this year, while his top target, Hilton, caught 82 passes for 1,345 (ninth-best in franchise-history) and seven scores.

What they've done in the playoffs is equally impressive, however.  And, in fact, they've done something that no quarterback / wide receiver duo in NFL history has done.  They are the first duo in NFL postseason history to record 300+ yards passing and 100+ yards receiving in three consecutive games.

Andrew Luck has thrown for more than 300 yards in three straight postseason games - last year in the games against both the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots and then this season against the Cincinnati Bengals.  Luck's three consecutive postseason games with at least 300 yards passing is tied for the second longest such streak in NFL postseason history, and with a 300 yard performance on Sunday against the Broncos, Luck would tie Dan Fouts of San Diego for the longest streak in NFL postseason history.  In that same time span, T.Y. Hilton has caught for at least 100 yards in each of them.  His streak also is tied for the second longest such streak in NFL postseason history, and he too would tie the NFL postseason record with a 100 yard receiving performance on Sunday (tying Larry Fitzgerald of Arizona).

Hilton is on a pretty historic pace, too.  In his first four postseason games, he totaled 496 yards receiving - a mark that ranks as the second most in NFL postseason history through a player's first four games (behind only Larry Fitzgerald, who had 546).  He already ranks fourth in Colts history in career postseason receiving yards, and he's tied for the most 100+ yard postseason games in Colts history with Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne.  With over 100 receiving yards on Sunday, Hilton would be all alone in first place in that category.

For Luck, he's also moving up the Colts franchise record books when it comes to the postseason.  He's one touchdown pass, 226 yards, 13 completions, and 43 attempts away from passing Johnny Unitas for second-most in Colts postseason history in each category.

For two third year players in Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton, it's pretty safe to say that their careers are off to pretty good starts - especially when it comes to the postseason.

Other Colts postseason notes:

  • When Reggie Wayne plays this Sunday against the Broncos and Peyton Manning, he will pass Manning and Jeff Saturday for the most postseason games played in Colts history with 20.  Earlier this season, he passed Manning for the most regular season games played in Colts history as well.
  • Also for Reggie Wayne, he's approaching being the second-greatest wide receiver in NFL postseason history.  He already ranks second in career postseason receptions, and he's 62 yards and four touchdowns away from moving into second place in each of those categories as well - which would place him behind only Jerry Rice all-time.
  • Like Hilton, with a 100-yard receiving game on Sunday, Wayne would break a tie for the most such games in Colts postseason history (he's currently tied with Dallas Clark and T.Y. Hilton).
  • Punter Pat McAfee ranks first in NFL postseason history (minimum 25 punts) in career punting average (47.1) and second in net punting average (40.1).  On Sunday against the Bengals, McAfee recorded a 68-yard punt, which ranks as the longest punt in Colts postseason history.
  • When Adam Vinatieri plays in this Sunday's game against the Broncos, he will tie Jerry Rice for the most career postseason games played in NFL history (with 29).
  • Vinatieri holds the NFL postseason records for most consecutive games scoring (28), most career points scored (227), most career field goals made (55), most career field goals attempted (65), and most career PATs made (62).  If he makes a field goal on Sunday, he will move into a tie with Tony Fritsch for the most consecutive postseason games with a made field goal in history with 13.