Shane Vereen of the Patriots makes a catch in the first quarter against Jerrell Freeman of the Colts during the AFC championship game. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

In the first half of Sunday’s AFC championship game, players from both sides made stellar grabs. New England’s Shane Vereen kicked things off with this grab on an underthrown ball while getting mugged by Indianapolis linebacker Jerrell Freeman.

Vereen’s catch was the biggest play in a Patriots drive that ended in their second touchdown, giving them a 14-0 lead. Things were starting to look bleak, especially when New England again drove deep into Colts territory, but Tom Brady’s pass to Rob Gronkowski was picked off.

That gave the ball back to Indianapolis, and it gave wide receiver T.Y. Hilton a chance to do this:

That grab came on a wobbly pass from Andrew Luck, who was under pressure as he threw the ball. Really, the entire Colts team was under pressure to get back in the game, and Hilton’s first catch of the contest went a long way toward making that happen.