Meet Sarah Thomas: The First Female Official in NFL Playoff History

NCAA football official Julie Howell

Sarah Thomas is making history again.

Sarah Thomas will make history this weekend when she becomes the first woman to officiate an NFL Playoff game.

And in another move for equality, Terri Valentini, the NFL's first female instant replay official, is scheduled to work the Indianapolis Colts-Kansas City Chiefs Divisional matchup on Saturday in Kansas City. Now she's reached another milestone.

Sunday will mark the third playoff showdown between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his Chargers' counterpart Philip Rivers.

Last year, she was named as an alternate for the match-up between the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles' Rams wild-card playoff game. But she stressed that her focus was on "being the best official I can be".

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The mother of three boys, she was part of the NFL's officiating development program in 2013 and 2014 and had worked at mini-camps, training camps and exhibition games before getting hired full-time in 2015.

The two players will also be making their own history on Sunday as the oldest starting quarterbacks in a playoff game ever, with a combined 78 years between them.

She said she was honored to be considered a "trailblazer" for female officials.

Thomas had previously officiated at National Football League camps and practices.

"I've just been doing this truly because I love it", she said.

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