Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr found Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker for an 18-yard go-ahead touchdown pass with 1:39 left in the fourth quarter, as the AFC squad fought back from a 17-point halftime deficit to top the NFC, 24-23, in Sunday’s Pro Bowl game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
The AFC team, which ended the game on a 21-3 run, has now won its last two Pro Bowl matchups against its NFC counterparts.
The Indianapolis Colts were well represented in Sunday’s game, as wide receiver T.Y. Hilton led all players with 98 receiving yards on four total catches with five targets. Tight end Jack Doyle, meanwhile, caught both targets that came his way for 17 yards.
Staying true to his reputation as one of the top deep threats in the league, Hilton had two of the game’s longest plays on the afternoon, which at times featured a driving rainstorm in Central Florida. He hauled in a 44-yard reception from Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith in the third quarter — one in which he made an impressive move to split multiple NFC defenders to sprint down the sideline — and another one later in the period where he bullied Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson on a jumpball for a 39-yard catch from Carr:
In all, Hilton — appearing in his fourth straight Pro Bowl — had catches of 44, six, 39, and nine yards, the last of which set up the eventual game-winning touchdown pass to Walker from the NFC 18-yard line.
Doyle, meanwhile, caught two first-quarter passes from starting quarterback Ben Roethelisberger, who connected with the first-time Pro Bowler on plays of seven and 10 yards, respectively. That 10-yard reception came on a gadget flea-flicker play:
T.Y. Hilton stole the show at the Pro Bowl on Sunday as he was the AFC’s leading receiver in their 24-23 victory.
The AFC fell behind 20-3 at the end of the first half as it looked like the NFC was going to cruise to an easy Pro Bowl victory. However, the AFC didn’t give up and scored 21 second half points including Delanie Walker’s game-winning touchdown reception with 1:31 left in the game.
T.Y. Hilton was one of the main contributors to the AFC’s success as he led all receivers with 98 yards receiving on 4 receptions.
Hilton was not included on the initial Pro Bowl rosters, but he took A.J. Green’s spot on the team as Green was unable to participate due to an injury. The AFC squad was sure glad they tabbed Hilton as Green’s replacement after his scintillating performance on Sunday.
Jack Doyle also earned a spot on the AFC team as he replaced Rob Gronkowski who is currently preparing to play for the Patriots in Super Bowl 52.
Doyle had 2 receptions for 17 yards in his first Pro Bowl appearance.
While it was a disappointing season for just about everyone in the Colts organization, Doyle and Hilton made the most out of what was a difficult situation. They were each incredibly reliable targets for backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett all year long, and the passing game would have absolutely crumbled if it wasn’t for there performances.
Now Hilton and Doyle head into an offseason where they will be learning a new offensive system under Josh McDaniels, and they will hopefully get some practice reps with a healthy Andrew Luck.
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