Sarah Thomas will become first woman to officiate an National Football League playoff game

Sarah Thomas will become first woman to officiate an National Football League playoff game

On Sunday, Sarah Thomas, the NFL's first full-time female official will serve as a down judge during the AFC Divisional Playoff game.

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

Not only is Thomas's presence on the gridiron notable.

Thomas, who was born in Pascagoula, Miss., has been a football referee for around two decades, having officiated her first varsity high school game in 1999.

Thomas is now in her fourth season in the role.

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 11: NFL Line Judge Sarah Thomas walks on the field prior to the start of the game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on December 11, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan.

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Additionally, replay official Terri Valentini, who was hired by the National Football League in 2017, has been assigned to Saturday afternoon's game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium.

Thomas made history in 2015, when she was hired by the NFL to be the first full-time female officiant in league history.

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

"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.

"As women, the way we carry ourselves speaks a lot".

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