NEW ORLEANS – Michael Thomas‘ first landing catch of the season was definitely worth the wait. Thomas caught an 11-yard TD go from Drew Brees to present the New Orleans Saints a 7-0 lead over the Chicago Bears with 5:09 remaining within the first quarter of their wild-card matchup Sunday.
Thomas performed in seven video games this season due to a nagging ankle harm that he suffered in Week 1. He returned from injured reserve this week after the Saints (12-4) determined to relaxation him over the ultimate three video games of the common season to try to get him as near 100% as doable for the playoffs.
It did not take lengthy for Thomas to make an affect. He caught a 5-yard go on the Saints’ first play from scrimmage and caught a 13-yard go to transform a third-and-5 two performs later.
WR Michael Thomas along with his first TD of seasonpic.twitter.com/3oyTbFR
— New Orleans Saints(@Saints) Jan. 10, 2021
These had been Thomas’ first two catches from Brees since Week 10, since Brees himself was sidelined from Weeks 11-14 with a punctured lung and 11 damaged ribs. The Saints’ dynamic duo performed simply 10 whole quarters collectively all season.
Thomas, who was named the NFL’s Offensive Participant of the Yr final season after setting a league document with 149 catches, had simply 40 receptions for 438 yards with no touchdowns in seven video games this season. Nonetheless, he did have three video games with no less than eight catches and two video games with greater than 100 receiving yards whereas Taysom Hill was at quarterback from Weeks 11-14.
Saints operating again Alvin Kamara has additionally made an early affect after coming back from the reserve/COVID-19 listing simply in time for Sunday’s sport. Kamara had 4 carries for 21 yards in the course of the Saints’ first two possessions.