His teammates were still learning
Thomas was thrust into the secondary at the most critical time of this division showdown after starting cornerbacks
So Thomas ignored the fact that this was his first game in an NFL uniform and the fact that New England had beaten Miami seven straight times and read Brady’s eyes on a 4th-and-5 with seven seconds left in the clock. He drifted over into the area of the end zone Brady was targeting and intercepted the pass to seal the Dolphins’ 24-20 victory.
“It was just like situational football,” said Thomas with a big smile on his face in the locker room after the win. “Any defense would be playing not to give up a touchdown at that point and that’s all I was doing, eyeing Brady, he threw it and I had to make a play.”
Four plays earlier on the same drive, Thomas knocked the ball out of Danny Amendola’s hands in the right corner of the end zone at the last second on a first down to prevent a touchdown. He still didn’t have the entire Dolphins defense down having come over from the San Francisco 49ers practice squad on Tuesday but that didn’t stop him from answering the bell when he was called upon.
After he secured the pass in the end zone for the touchback, Thomas was smothered by his teammates with two seconds still on the clock and a
“Michael Jordan?” said wide receiver
Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end
“Not a lot of guys know what that’s like but I know because I got that, ‘Hey you, get in there’ before,” Wake said. “This league, there are so many good players and so many chances where you’re going to have to make the most of your opportunity. It’s so cliché but you get that one chance to stand up and I’m sure maybe a couple of weeks ago things weren’t exactly the way he wanted them to be. But here he is, he gets thrown in the fire and how much more could you ask for. I’m proud of him and I’m glad he’s on my side.”
Thomas credited safeties
“I knew being the new guy Tom Brady was going to come after me,” Thomas said. “He’s a great quarterback and he’s going to see where the new guy is at and I had to be sure I was ready. Words can’t explain how this feels. Everybody trusted me enough to actually go out there and make that type of play and this is huge to me I’m going to remember this one for the rest of my life.”