INDIANAPOLIS -- The Seattle Seahawks have earned the right to be trash talkers and cocky after finishing with the best defense in the league.
But on one afternoon in early October, and when the Indianapolis Colts were still considered contenders, the biggest trash talker stood only 5-foot-9 but he backed up his words by putting on a show against the NFL’s best secondary.
Key play No. 7: Receiver T.Y. Hilton silences the Seahawks’ secondary
Seattle’s Richard Sherman, the darling of the Super Bowl, is the best cornerback in the NFL. But his blown coverage allowed Hilton to score a 73-yard touchdown. Hilton stopped on the dime to evade Seahawks safety Earl Thomas around the 20-yard line and kept going into the end zone for the touchdown.
Hilton said after the game that Sherman "wouldn't even look me in the eye."
Sherman was called for pass interference on third down in the fourth quarter. The Colts continued the drive that lasted almost seven minutes and later scored on a Donald Brown touchdown run.
Hilton also beat Seattle’s other cornerback, Brandon Browner, for a 29-yard touchdown on a perfectly thrown ball by quarterback Andrew Luck in the back of the end zone on the left side in the third quarter.
“Browner said I’m light as [expletive],” Hilton told USA Today after the game.
Hilton, who felt disrespected that the Seahawks tried to cover him one-on-one, finished with five catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
“[Browner] made me hit the light switch that nobody’s seen,” Hilton said. “He made that decision. So they should blame him.”