Nyheim Hines Pulls Off Feat No Other NFL Player Has Done This Season in Colts' Win Over Titans

Nyheim Hines celebrated his 24th birthday in style as the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Tennessee Titans 34-17 on Thursday Night Football.

The Colts running back finished with a career-high 115 yards from scrimmage, with one receiving touchdown and one rushing score as Indianapolis outscored its AFC South rivals 21-0 in the second half.

Hines now has four receiving touchdowns this season, tied for the most touchdown receptions among NFL running backs, and is the only player in the NFL to have multiple games with at least one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown.

No other Colts player had achieved the feat since Joseph Addai had a receiving touchdown and a rushing touchdown in the same game on two occasions in the 2009 season.

"This is the best birthday ever," Hines told reporters after the game. "I've had surprise birthdays and a lot of things but I've never played on my birthday, I've never had a game like this on my birthday.

"I was actually scared because it was either going to be a good game or a bad game and so the Lord blessed me to have a great game. My 24th birthday is a birthday I'll never forget for sure."


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— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) November 13, 2020

Hines caught a pass from Philip Rivers for a 10-yard touchdown in the second quarter to level the score at 10-10, before rushing for a two-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to put the Colts 20-17 ahead.

His stellar performance was all the more significant as Indianapolis' rushing offense was ranked 22nd in the league going into the game against the Titans.

Nyheim Hines now has three 2-TD games this season.

He has ZERO touchdowns in his other 6 games.

— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) November 13, 2020

Is Nyheim Hines the Colts' best offensive player? 🤔

— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) November 13, 2020

Me staring at my dynasty team with Jonathan Taylor and AJ Brown. https://t.co/OpCSwdW4uK

— JJ Zachariason (@LateRoundQB) November 13, 2020

Up until Thursday night, Hines had been used sparingly as a rusher, averaging a mere 4.1 carries per game through the Colts' first eight games of the season and had a season-high of 28 rushing yards.

By comparison, against Tennessee Hines finished with 70 rushing yards over 12 carries, outshining fellow running backs Jonathan Taylor and Jordan Wilkins, who combined for a paltry 40 rushing yards over 15 carries.

Taylor, a second-round pick in this year's draft, has struggled to live up to expectations having taken on the starting role after the Colts lost star running back Marlon Mack to a season-ending injury in Week 1.

Wilkins, a fifth-round pick in the 2018 draft, has also struggled to make an impact.

Hines' versatility, meanwhile, has meant the Colts have used him more as a gadget running back out of the backfield. On Thursday night, however, he was firmly Indianapolis' primary attacking weapon and Colts head coach Frank Reich had no intention to look for other options.

"He just came out and had the fire in his eye," Reich told The Athletic. "Can't explain it. Every now and then, you know how it is, you're just in the zone."

With Hines firing on all cylinders, the Colts offense looked more balanced that it has done at various stages during the season and Rivers finished 29-of-39 for 308 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions.

The veteran quarterback surpassed Dan Marino for the fifth-most passing yards in NFL history, while the Colts improved to 6-3 for the season, drawing level with the Titans at the top of the AFC South.

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Nyheim Hines #21 of the Indianapolis Colts dives for a touchdown against Jayon Brown #55 of the Tennessee Titans during the first half 1at Nissan Stadium on November 12 in Nashville, Tennessee. Wesley Hitt/Getty