Thomas catch makes for rare celebration

Football's equivalent of a game-ending inside-the-park grand slam happened Sunday with Mike Thomas' (somewhat inadvertent) Hail Mary touchdown reception to give the Jacksonville Jaguars a huge win over the Houston Texans.


According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the fourth time in NFL history that a regular season game ended with a go-ahead touchdown reception of 50 or more yards with no time left in regulation, and it's the first time that a home team got to celebrate such an occurrence.

The three other instances:

December 4, 1960 -- Jim Gibbons of the Detroit Lions made a 65-yard touchdown catch with no time remaining to give the Lions a 20-15 win over the Baltimore Colts.

October 31, 1999 -- Browns wide receiver Kevin Johnson hauled in a 56-yard Hail Mary from Tim Couch along the sideline with no time remaining, turning a potential loss into a 21-16 win over the New Orleans Saints. It was the first win of the season for the Browns, who had lost their last seven games to start the year.

December 8, 2002 -- Another Browns receiver, this one Quincy Morgan, made a 50-yard one-handed, falling touchdown catch with no time left (upheld by video review), also from Couch, giving the Browns a 21-20 win over the Jaguars.

Thomas, who entered the game with only two career touchdown receptions (neither longer than 15 yards) had the best day of his two-season NFL career. His 149 receiving yards topped his previous career-best by 60 yards.