Until last week, Michael Thomas was just another anonymous practice squad player in the NFL, spending his second season toiling for the San Francisco 49ers’ not-ready-for-prime-time group.
But with the Miami Dolphins needing bodies for their injury-riddled secondary, Thomas got a call and an opportunity to wear an NFL uniform in a game for the first time.
He made it pay off.
The former Stanford safety made the biggest play of the Dolphins’ 24-20 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday.
In the final minute with the Patriots driving, Thomas broke up Tom Brady’s end-zone pass to Danny Amendola and then picked off Brady’s fourth-down pass in the end zone to secure the important win for Miami.
The Dolphins improved to 8-6 with the victory and, at least temporarily, took possession of the sixth playoff seed in the AFC. The Baltimore Ravens can reclaim it with a win over the Detroit Lions tonight.
Thomas, normally a safety, was pressed into service at cornerback after Brett Grimes had to leave the game with a groin injury. It probably didn’t help his cause that he didn’t take a single defensive snap in practice last week, according to CBSSports.com, doing all his work with the special teams.
“I’m not going to lie,” Thomas told MMQB.com’s Peter King about being called on to play corner. “I was pretty emotional. I was going out there knowing Tom Brady was coming after me.”
Quite a first weekend on the job.
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