This is the first conference recognition of Hillman’s career and the 60th time a Broncos player has taken home AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors since the award was initiated by the NFL in 1984.
It was a big time performance for Hillman who has been under scrutiny recently as the team’s starting running back ahead of fan favorite C.J. Anderson.
Hillman rushed for a career-high 117 yards, with one touchdown on 15 carries (7.8 avg.) and added two receptions for 10 yards (5.0 avg.) against the Chargers. His 23-yard, game-winning touchdown run with less than five minutes remaining helped the Broncos clinch their fifth consecutive division title and the AFC’s No. 1 seed.
This is the sixth AFC Player of the Week honor for the Broncos this season to represent the most by any team in the conference. Teammates Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward, Derek Wolfe, Brock Osweiler and C.J. Anderson have also been recognized with AFC Player of the Week honors.
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