While Andrew Luck seems to have a lock on Rookie of the Year award – there’s another Colts rookie who is quickly gaining attention in the NFL.
T.Y. Hilton returned a punt 75 yards for a score and caught a touchdown pass from Luck, sparking the Colts to a big 20-13 win over the Bills Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Colts last week allowed 59 points in a loss to the Patriots, but came back with a strong game at home to get to 7-4, and continue to lead the AFC in the race for one of the two wild card spots.
Luck had 240 yards on 20-of-37 passing with one interception for Indianapolis, which has yet to lose two straight games this season.
“I think that was a team victory right there, all phases,” said interim coach Bruce Arians. “Our special teams were huge, I thought they won the game for us. Not only with the return for the touchdown, but field position they created and how well they covered.”
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 17-of-33 passes for 180 yards for the Bills (4-7), who have dropped four of five.
Buffalo made things interesting in the fourth quarter, but its rally from a 14-point deficit fell short.
Bills running back C.J. Spiller ran for totals of 41 and six yards to close out the third quarter. Fitzpatrick hit Stevie Johnson for 14 yards and Donald Jones for 12 before Lee Smith hauled in a 1-yard touchdown pass with 11:30 remaining.
Fitzpatrick threw an interception on the next drive, but Johnson, his intended target, bailed him out by stripping the ball from Indianapolis safety Tom Zbikowski and recovering the fumble at the Buffalo 47-yard line.
Johnson’s hustle went for naught as Buffalo punted after gaining only two yards.
The Colts were pinned at their own five but managed to run out the remaining 3:22. Buffalo defensive back Stephon Gilmore was flagged for pass interference on third down inside of two minutes, sealing the win for Indianapolis.
“We had some opportunities and we didn’t take advantage of the opportunities when we got them,” said Bills coach Chan Gailey.
The Colts are in Detroit next Sunday for a huge game against the Lions.