Sarah Thomas will become first woman to officiate an NFL playoff game

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Sarah Thomas will become the first woman to officiate an NFL playoff game. Photo: Getty Images

Sarah Thomas will work the Los Angeles Chargers-New England Patriots divisional round game on Sunday, joining Ron Torbert’s crew in Foxborough, to become the first female referee to officiate a playoff game in league history. She will be the down judge in Sunday afternoon’s contest.

Thomas made history in 2015, when she was hired by the NFL to be the first full-time female officiant in league history. She spent the past two seasons as a down judge after starting out as a line judge, and was named an alternate for the Atlanta Falcons-Los Angeles Rams’ wild-card playoff game in 2017.

Terri Valentini, the NFL’s first female instant replay official, will also work the Indianapolis Colts-Kansas City Chiefs matchup on Saturday, marking her first postseason assignment.

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