The Bills and plenty of their fans probably didn’t know much about Colts WR T.Y. Hilton before Sunday’s affair at Lucas Oil Stadium.
They know too much about him know.
All Hliton did was return a punt 75 yards for a score, and he also pulled in a TD pass from Colts rookie Andrew Luck, as the Bills fell to the Colts 20-13.
The loss drops the Bills to 4-7 on the season, and probably ends any true hopes of a run to the postseason for coach Chan Gailey and company.
“We had some opportunities and we didn’t take advantage of the opportunities when we got them,” Gailey said.
C.J. Spiller ran 14 times for 107 yards, his sixth straight game with 100 yards from scrimmage.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was 17 of 33 for 180 yards with one TD and one interception, and Stevie Johnson caught six passes for 106 yards, his first 100-yard game since December 2011.
Though the Bills did end their red-zone touchdown drought with Fitzpatrick’s 1-yard TD pass to Lee Smith with 11:30 left in the game, it just wasn’t enough against Hilton and the Colts.
Losing Sunday was a major setback for a team that was hoping 2012 was a season that would see them finally get back to the postseason.
”This one was obviously really needed,” Fitzpatrick said. ”I don’t really want to project or talk about the next however many games we have left. It’s all about ‘Go get back to work and try to win next week.’ It’s all we can worry about.”
The Colts with the win go to 7-4, and with the Pittsburgh loss, they are now in the lead for a wild card in the AFC.
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 Colts 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.”
The Bills made it interesting in the fourth quarter, but its rally from a 14-point deficit fell short.
After the Bills got within 7 with 11 minutes to play, Fitzpatrick threw an interception on the next drive. Johnson 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.
The Bills play host to the Jags next Sunday.