The recognition continues to pile up for the Steelers defense this season, this time with corner Mike Hilton earning AFC efensive Player of the Week honors.
Hilton had a key impact in his team’s 28-24 comeback win over the Colts, especially in the second half. On the corresponding drive right after the Steelers claimed their first lead of the game, Hilton intercepted Philip Rivers at the Pittsburgh 12-yard-line, derailing Indianapolis’ best drive of the second half.
This, while maybe the most critical, was not Hilton’s only big play of the game. Hilton recovered a fumble early in the second quarter. The turnover led to James Conner’s 1-yard touchdown run, that served as the Steelers only score of the first half.
The victory gave the Steelers an award as a team – the AFC North Division title. Hilton spoke after the game about what being part of an NFL division champion again means to him.
Overall, the veteran corner has recorded 40 solo tackles, 3 sacks and 3 interceptions on the season. This marks the second time in his career Hilton has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week, previously doing so in Week 16 of the 2017 season. Hilton now joins Ike Taylor (2) and Rod Woodson (4) as the only cornerbacks to win the the honor multiple times with the Steelers.