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T.Y. Hilton steps up with huge performance for Colts in win over Chargers

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San Diego Chargers v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton guaranteed earlier this week that he would step up. He did so in a big way on Sunday against the Chargers.

Hilton caught eight passes for 174 yards and a touchdown, and that touchdown was a 63-yard game-winning scoring catch from Andrew Luck with 1:17 left to put the Colts up 26-22. Here’s a look at that catch:

That was easily Hilton’s biggest contribution on the day, but it wasn’t even his best catch. That one came in the third quarter, when Luck dropped a ball perfectly in to Hilton as the receiver did an incredible job of locating the football over his shoulder and keeping his feet down in bounds along the sideline.

Those weren’t his only big plays of the day either, as one that could go unnoticed when looking back at the game was a 4th and 7 conversion to keep the drive alive at the end of the game to allow the Colts to be able to get that game-winning score in the first place. And to make it all better, Hilton did it against one of the NFL’s top cornerbacks in Jason Verrett.

It was a very big performance for Hilton and very much-needed, too. Indianapolis was playing without Donte Moncrief and needed someone like Hilton to step up. The only other wide receiver to catch a pass was Phillip Dorsett, who caught just three passes for 27 yards. The next leading receiver after Hilton was tight end Jack Doyle, who caught six passes for 65 yards. In fact, get this: Hilton recorded more receiving yards (174) than every other Colts player combined on Sunday (157), and he recorded close three times the yardage total of the next closest-receiver (Doyle). Hilton also doubled his receiving production this season, as in the first two games he combined for ten catches for 120 yards with no scores, and today he caught eight passes for 174 yards and a touchdown. This was his 22nd career 100-yard receiving performance (including playoffs), and his 174 yards were his third-highest single-game total in his career.