Sarah Thomas To Be First Woman To Officiate NFL Playoff Game

NCAA football official Julie Howell

NCAA football official Julie Howell

When the Chargers face off against the Patriots on Sunday, it will be a history-making event, according to ABC 13.

When Sarah Thomas takes to the field as a down judge during the AFC divisional round game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the New England Patriots, she will be making history as the first woman to officiate in an National Football League playoff game.

Thomas, who was born in Pascagoula, Miss., has been a football referee for around two decades, having officiated her first varsity high school game in 1999.

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Thomas, who is listed as a sales representative from the University of Mobile in Alabama, will be part of crew for Ron Torbert, a referee she commonly works with.

She also explained to him why she tucks her hair under her hat while she's on the field.

This will be a special moment for Thomas, a Brandon, Mississippi resident with three children, and a monumental postseason game for the entire NFL.

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"To truly blend in", Thomas said.

Long before she suited up in stripes, Thomas was a college basketball standout and recalled her own brushes with the refs.

Terri Valenti was the replay official in Saturday's playoff game between the Chiefs and Colts, also a first.

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The 46-year-old's record-breaking achievement came Sunday when she took to the field at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.to serve as down judge for the AFC Divisional Playoff game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the New England Patriots.

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