Just days after being signed off the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad, Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas intercepted New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the end zone to preserve a 24-20 upset victory.
Thomas picked off Brady with two seconds left.
The Dolphins have now won three games in a row. They are 8-6, a half-game ahead of the Ravens, who own a head-to-head tiebreaker edge over the Dolphins, heading into Monday night's game against the Detroit Lions.
“I didn't know what his first name was,” defensive tackle Jared Odrick told reporters “That's being thrown in the fire and reacting. That's a pure athlete.”
The win broke the Dolphins' seven-game losing streak to the Patriots.
Thomas said he knew that Brady was throwing in his direction, testing out the newcomer.
“I knew being the new guy that Tom Brady would come after me,” Thomas said. “He's a great quarterback, and he's going to exploit any weaknesses. I knew if I got in there I would have a chance. I saw the ball in the air and I made a play.”
It was a huge play, capping a huge victory for the resurgent Dolphins.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.