Monday, December 16, 2013
Michael Thomas enjoys big moment
By James Walker
MAIMI -- In a game filled with starpower and storylines, a virtual unknown made the biggest play in Week 15 for the Miami Dolphins.
Reserve defensive back Michael Thomas, who was claimed off the waiver wire last Tuesday, made the game-ending interception off quarterback Tom Brady in a 24-20 win over the New England Patriots.
Thomas slipped underneath a route by Patriots receiver Austin Collie on the final defensive play and caught the ball in the end zone. Thomas also got a key pass defense a few plays earlier against New England receiver Danny Amendola.
Thomas was filled with emotion after his big moment.
"I'm going to remember this one for the rest of my life," Thomas said. "But honestly, I'm just thankful that my teammates were able to trust me out there and I'm just ready to move on to next week."
One week ago Thomas was on the practice squad of the San Francisco 49ers. The Dolphins claimed Thomas following the season-ending groin injury to starting cornerback Dimitri Patterson.
The only reason Thomas was on the field coming off three practices was due to injuries to cornerbacks Nolan Carroll (knee) and Brent Grimes (cramps) during Sunday's game. Thomas said he played scout team all during the week, but he proved to be a fast learner.
"Everybody was on me heavy trying to get caught up to speed. … and I'm thankful for that," Thomas explained.
The Dolphins (8-6) are also thankful. Thomas' pick ended a seven-game losing streak to the Patriots (10-4). It also put Miami in prime position to push for its first postseason appearance since 2008.
Miami got unlikely contributions all season -- but Thomas' pick Sunday may have been the most surprising.