Belichick has made a living devising ways to take players like Hilton away from opponents. And the signing of Dunn to the practice squad proved just how deep his preparation can go.
The Patriots most likely will match top cornerback Aqib Talib against the Colts' star with occasional help from a safety over the top. But Indianapolis can expect plenty of change-ups as the game plays out.
"The main thing for me is just not to get frustrated," Hilton said. "Just continue playing my game and don't worry about what they're doing. Just do what your team asks you to do and just don't try to do too much."
Hilton credits an offseason trip to Miami with Luck, Wayne and LaVon Brazill for helping him take the next step this season. Now its taken him into the biggest game of his career.
Indianapolis and New England have a storied postseason history dating back more than a decade. And Hilton is excited to help write a new chapter in the rivalry.
"A few veterans have been a part of it," he said. "They have history, Colts vs. Patriots, great history. But for us, this is new to us. The history continues with the two teams, elite teams. We're going to be ready."