Sarah Thomas to Become First Woman Official in NFL Playoff Game

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NFL history will be made in Sunday's postseason matchup between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Chargers.

By the team in black-and-white zebra stripes.

Sarah Thomas reportedly will become the first woman assigned to officiate a playoff game. Thomas will be working as the down judge on referee Ron Torbert's crew.

Thomas, a 46-year-old Mississippi native, became the NFL’s first full-time female official in 2015 and is now in her fourth season.

Last season, Thomas was listed as an alternate to officiate a playoff game between the Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams. This season, she gets the gig. 

Terri Valentini, the first woman to work as an NFL instant replay official, also will make history by being assigned to Saturday's playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs.

Thomas will have two more opportunities for officiating assignments this postseason: The conference championship games are scheduled for Jan. 20, followed by Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Feb. 3.