Although Will Hill has had his share of trouble in the past week, the stars aligned for him late in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions in Week 16.
After the Giants fell behind 20-13, many believed that the Giants had packed it in. But with 4:57 left in the game, Hill intercepted a pass by Detroit's Matthew Stafford. The pick-six came when the ball bounced from tight end Joseph Fauria's hands and dived straight into Hills' arm.
He then returned it 38 yards for a touchdown, which tied the game at 20 points apiece with the extra point by kicker Josh Brown. It was Hill's first career touchdown.
From 0:00 to the 0:20 mark, the video above shows Hill's interception and return.
The game ultimately went to overtime, and Brown booted in a field goal to give the Giants the 23-20 win.
“I just seen the ball tip up in the air and just took advantage of the situation,” Hill said to Ebenezer Samuel and Ralph Vacchiano of New York Daily News. “Once the ball tipped off his hand, all I saw was daylight, so I ran for it.”
But Hill had been dominating the Lions all game long. He had 11 combined tackles throughout the night.
Week 16's matchup against the Lions was only the 11th game of the season for Hill. But the 23-year-old started showing signs off leadership during the game.
“Will told us all to huddle up and called us all up. He said, ‘Come on. This isn’t us. Let’s turn this around,'" said Prince Amukamara to Jordan Raanan of NJ.com. “Then a couple plays later, he made a big play.”
If he manages to stay on track, Hill can be a big presence for the Giants defense next season. And that mean's he'll have to stay out of trouble, such as the pair of drug suspensions he was charged with since joining the Giants in 2012, per Raanan.
If he is responsible off the field, energizes the team during the game and backs up his words with actions, there's not doubt that Hill can go far. Maybe he can also increase his on-the-field confidence and pull off much more big plays.