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This Woman Will Make Football Refereeing History

This Woman Will Make Football Refereeing History

Sarah Thomas was the first woman to referee a college football bowl game, and the first full-time female referee in the NFL, and she has now made further history by becoming the first woman to referee an NFL playoff game.

Sunday she will take the field for the New England Patriots-Los Angeles Chargers AFC Divisional Round game at Gillette Stadium. The title of her position was recently changed from "head linesman" to "down judge" by Senior VP of NFL Officiating Al Riveron to be more inclusive.

Almost four years ago, on April 8, 2015, Sarah Thomas was hired as the first full-time female official in National Football League history.

Following this week's games, the remaining teams will go on to play the conference championships before the two remaining teams will meet at Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 3, 2019.

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Good luck today, Philip Rivers and Co. "I'm just happy I'm still able to play this game". "We've got a heck of a challenge". Since coming back from a torn ACL last year and a four-game suspension to open the year, Edelman was very productive.

NFL Network analyst and former wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. hailed Thomas' appointment, saying she was an "outstanding" referee.

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. "So tucking my hair, I blend in and I'm just another official".

She said she was honored to be considered a "trailblazer" for female officials. However, she has acknowledged the role her gender has played in her career.