Sarah Thomas makes history as first woman to officiate National Football League playoff game

Sarah Thomas

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

Thomas is no stranger to making history, having become the NFL's first full-time female official in 2015.

So at 1:05 p.m. EST at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, you better believe National Football League history will be made with Thomas becoming the first female to ever officiate a National Football League playoff game. Now she's reached another milestone. She will be the down judge in Sunday afternoon's contest.

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

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The Los Angeles Chargers take on the New England Patriots at 12:05 p.m.in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on WIBW-TV. She's spent the last two seasons as a down judge, before previously working as a line judge.

That's a first, according to the league's Twitter account.

"I would love for girls growing up in this country to believe that if they love the sport as much as I do, that they could be a part of it", she told People.

That same year, her hometown of Pascagoula renamed its recreational gym in honour of the trailblazing referee and former high school basketball and softball standout. "Field presence is what they talk about", she said in an interview with SB Nation. "The guys don't think of me as a female, they see me as just another official".

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