"He's well on his way to being a guy in the conversation as one of the best to play [the position]," Pagano said.
Hilton exploded for 13 catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns in leading an epic comeback in the playoff victory against Kansas City. He caught 28 passs for 483 yards in his last three games and finished the regular season with 1,083 yards receiving.
Just a week after the best performance of his career,
Hilton made an over-the-shoulder grab for a 46-yard gain, his longest reception of the night. He also battled a knee injury throughout the game and finished with four catches for 103 yards on six targets in a 43-22 defeat.
Hilton enjoyed his first career 1,000-yard season, as he caught 82 passes for 1,083 yards with five touchdowns while being targeted 138 times in his second year in the league.
Hilton, who set career-highs in yards and receptions in the final game of the regular season, topped both marks Saturday. He was unstoppable as the Colts fought their way back from a big deficit, hauling in 13 of 18 passes thrown his way for 224 yards and a pair of scores.
The latter of the touchdowns, a 64-yard bomb out of the slot with 4:29 left in the game, put the Colts into the second round of the playoffs. They will face either the Broncos or Patriots.
Hilton caught 11 of his 15 targets, picking up 155 receiving yards. He was the only offensive threat in the pass game for Indianapolis. Despite the big game, Hilton was unable to find the end zone. He finishes the season with five touchdowns.
He got off to a pretty decent start, getting 43 yards on three first-half catches, but the Chiefs couldn't put up points and the Colts attempted just 11 second-half passes.
Hilton has had over 50 yards receiving for two straight weeks but has had under 80 yards in six straight. He has zero scores in those six games (and another one before it to make it seven straight).
The Colts host the Jaguars in Week 17.
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