Ex-Jacket Thomas sets NFL playoff record


A few notes about Demaryius Thomas‘ breakout game for the Denver Broncos in their 29-23 playoff win over Pittsburgh Sunday.

- He set an NFL record for highest yards-per-reception average in a playoff game (minimum three catches) at 51.0 yards. He had 204 yards on four catches.  The previous record was 46.3, held by Harold Jackson (Los Angeles Rams vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1974).

- Thomas, in fact, never had a better yards-per-catch game at Tech in any of his five 100-yard games. That would be his 25.4 yards-per-catch game (127 yards on five catches) against Georgia in 2009.

- His 80-yard touchdown catch on the first play of overtime produced the fastest end to an overtime game in NFL history, playoff or regular season, 11 seconds, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It was also the longest touchdown pass play in an overtime playoff game.

- He accounted for 64.6 percent of quarterback Tim Tebow’s 316 passing yards.

- Thomas’ performance came against the defense ranked No. 1 in the league in total defense and pass defense.

Some quotes from the Denver Broncos’ website:

“It is amazing because I haven’t played explosive like I did in college in a long time. To come out and make plays tonight, and win a playoff game, is just amazing.”

On the game-winning play:

“We were on the sideline and talking about it before we even went out there on the field and we were like, ‘We are going to run this play and all you have to do is beat the corner.’ They said, ‘All you have to do is cross the safety’s face,’ and I was walking to the line and saw the safety come down and I knew, at that time, the play that we had called, the only person I had to beat was the corner. I crossed his face and I knew the middle of the field was wide open.”

On his emotions:

“It feels good. Like I was saying earlier, I have been through a lot of ups and down – injuries and stuff. I was on the field, off the field and hadn’t felt great until the past four weeks. To be able to go out and do some of the things I did tonight, it feels great because I could be the big-play receiver that they drafted me to be.”

Broncos coach John Fox:

“He’s a young player that missed a lot of time early this season, and he missed a lot of time a year ago for that fact. He’s just going to get better. I think the more you get in these spots and the more you get these opportunities, the better he gets. He’s a very talented, young player that I think showed some of that tonight.”

Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil:

“He was huge. The big plays he made – he’s been working all year. He’s been banged up and he persevered through all that. I’m so happy for him. That was big, big, big, big for us.”

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January 9th, 2012
8:22 am

First.. GO JACKETS!!

No Hope for Hill in the NFL

January 9th, 2012
8:27 am

Hill is no Demaryius Thomas, at least not at this point in his skills development. Another year of college ball would help greatly in his chances to make it in the nfl.


January 9th, 2012
8:27 am

DThomas gettin’ it done Middle-Georgia style.

Laurens County Represent!!


January 9th, 2012
8:42 am

Calvin Johnson and Bay Bay Thomas, the two best receivers in the NFL are both products of the oft criticized Georgia Tech passing game. Look for Stephen Hill to get a lot of mileage just because of where he went to school and learned to plaly WR.. Who is the next big great receiver to attend Georgia Tech?

Go Jackets!


January 9th, 2012
8:43 am

Hill will be a 5th round pick…its all about big, tall fast receivers now in the NFL. His upside is tremendous!


January 9th, 2012
8:47 am

Five 200-yard receiving games in NFL playoff history, and two of them by former Tech receivers this weekend. Coingrats to Calvin and Bay Bay!

Kentucky Jacket

January 9th, 2012
8:51 am

Calvin and Demaryius both making it happen this weekend. Why wouldn’t a top flight reciever want to come to Tech? If you can catch the ball (are you listening Stephen Hill?), you will be thrown to and a significant contributor to the Tech offense. CPJ wants to throw the ball, but someone has to catch it. It’s great to see the former Jackets have a huge weekend.


January 9th, 2012
8:57 am

WnE’s head will explode as soon as he reads this article.

Jim 70

January 9th, 2012
8:58 am

As my wife said this morning – central Florida, and the announcer never corrected himself.

Two great performances by tech receivers, go TECH!


January 9th, 2012
9:04 am

It seems announcers are getting dumber and dumber. Remember the game where the announcer said Orwin Smith is from Phenix City, Alaska?

Go Jackets!

George Stein

January 9th, 2012
9:06 am

I was thinking the same thing, HighTech.

DT’s performance this entire season shows you can be a receiver and get to the NFL – and be star when you get there.


January 9th, 2012
9:17 am

Did any hear the announcer say he was from Central Florida as they played the replay of Bay Bay stiff arming one of the safetys? I wish the announcers would give GT players more credits.


January 9th, 2012
9:21 am

Thomas; One (4, to be accurate). Stafford: Big Fat ZERO. Take that, you big mouth louds who just went into hiding.

Well now, y'all

January 9th, 2012
9:23 am

Spent lot of holiday time around relatives in Gainesvill area: y’all know who you are, the ones that overused that “Stafford” name. Where is he now? —- nowhere, would be correct answer. BTW, whatever he does bring to the table is not something learned or perfected at UGA.


January 9th, 2012
9:25 am

Don’t forget Will Heller, he got a TD this weekend also.


January 9th, 2012
9:26 am

GTHero – I heard that on the replay.

Ramblin Man

January 9th, 2012
9:27 am

Can’t get any love from prime time, but it was corrected on ESPN when they showed highlights. Hopefully some uncommited or maybe even a commited WR will see that GT can get you to the NFL and you can shine.

Frank Lane

January 9th, 2012
9:41 am

UGA guy giving Tech men their due. Great performances.


January 9th, 2012
9:43 am

Just like Cremins made Tech one of the top 2-3 destinations for shooting guards, TECH is now in the elite group for receivers. Honestly, until the last play in the Denver game last night, I never realized how fast Thomas is. But if you have kept up with Denver recently, you will note that Tebow is throwing to Thomas constantly. Hill will get a shot but he has to develop tremendously before he will become an NFL threat. Calvin and Damarius left Tech ready to step on the field.


January 9th, 2012
9:46 am

You have give Stafford a lot of credit. Look at Detriot now vs where they were two years ago. Everyone know that Staff was the real deal and he’s showing it. The amazing point is that UGA could not win a nat champ with Staff, AJ Green and Moreno. All pros.


January 9th, 2012
9:51 am

After the deflating Falcons performance, it was absolutely inspiring to watch Bey Bey snatch the pass and take off downfield. Big, strong and FAST! Ike Taylor folded like a stack of cards on that stiff arm.

I was cheering all out on that play. Glad to see somebody RISE UP when called.

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January 9th, 2012
9:55 am

IMO – Stafford is tough and has a really strong arm. However, his accuracy is not at the elite level. Not on a consistent basis.

Watch the first Bears – Lions game in Detroit (MNF). Cutler was under seige and still delivered accurately. Stafford missed a lot. Even if he completed a pass, it was often behind the receiver or on the wrong side. Lions won, but that game was revealing.


January 9th, 2012
10:05 am

Way to go Bey-Bey! After all our bowl loses and Falcon’s playoff flops, you’ve given me hope again big man—great performance!


January 9th, 2012
10:08 am

uh…where is the great Wne on this one?


January 9th, 2012
10:13 am

Dawg fan here, but good to see kids from the state of Georgia do big things on national TV in big games like that. That was an amazing game Thomas had. Good to see all these kids do well.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but.................

January 9th, 2012
10:13 am

Didn’t Calvin Johnson play under Chan Gailey, and not Paul Johnson?


January 9th, 2012
10:14 am

Yes, he did…………………….

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January 9th, 2012
10:15 am

GT fan

January 9th, 2012
10:29 am

D Thomas played 3 seasons at GT. 2 of those were spent blocking in GT’s “high school” offense (i.e. 2009 – 46 receptions, 1154 yds, 8tds).

Wow! So, UGA naysayers, and WnE, how in the holy he*l did D Thomas get drafted??
In fact, how did any of the 2011 top 5 WRs get drafted when none of them went to an “S..E..C” school (Johnson-GT, Welker-TxTech, Cruz-UMass, Fitzgerald-Pitt, Smith-Utah)

IF YOU CAN PLAY, THE NFL WILL FIND YOU! Don’t believe me? Then check out the top 5 NFLers in sacks this season (Idaho St, Western Michigan, Troy, South Florida, Arizona State)


January 9th, 2012
10:30 am

Is Thomas better than the UNC receiver (Nicks-Hicks) who plays w/Giants?

DM in KW

January 9th, 2012
10:47 am

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January 9th, 2012
10:51 am

@Kentuckyjacket, Calvin nor D. Thomas would’ve ever signed with PJ. Until PJ leaves Tech + no elite receivers. PJ will never recruit an elite receiver or QB or RB.

Falcons? Try Turkeys!

January 9th, 2012
10:57 am

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George Stein

January 9th, 2012
10:58 am

Because we all know WnE is obsessed with all things GT and is certainly reading – though not yet commenting – I thought I’d post this for his review.


George Stein

January 9th, 2012
11:00 am

Except that Thomas flourished in Johnson’s offense, Ghost. Carry on…

The Gambler

January 9th, 2012
11:06 am

Nice job D. Thomas. Can you get our ACC championship back?

JLP Golfer

January 9th, 2012
11:08 am

Did anyone hear the announcer say Thomas from Central Florida on the final TD in OT


January 9th, 2012
11:28 am

All that, and a 34 on the Wonderlic to boot! ;-)


January 9th, 2012
11:52 am

Proud to be a ” YELLOW JACKET ” fan.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 9th, 2012
12:22 pm

In addition to BayBay’s superb performance last night (in spite of the dumb announcers saying he was from UCF), did everybody notice that the announcers also said SEVERAL times that Denver was running TRIPLE OPTION plays? So I guess Denver uses a high school offense too, huh? LOL


January 9th, 2012
12:35 pm

A blind hog will find a ear of corn every now and then.

GT Grad

January 9th, 2012
12:43 pm

Bey-Bey is representing GT very well.

1 4 GT

January 9th, 2012
12:47 pm

Way to go BeyBey! Good showing for Broncos & GT! Eat your heart out headley et al.

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January 9th, 2012
1:05 pm

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January 9th, 2012
1:06 pm

How bout that Mutts??? Highschool offense graduates dominating the NFL playoff games.

Paul in NH

January 9th, 2012
1:17 pm

His 80-yard touchdown catch on the first play of overtime produced the fastest end to an overtime game in NFL history, playoff or regular season, 11 seconds, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It was also the longest touchdown pass play in an overtime playoff game.
How can that be faster than the Bears-Lions on Thanksgiving 1980? The Bears returned the kickoff in OT back for a TD. I remember it well since I was watching the game with 2 GT grad students who were from Chicago and Michigan.


January 9th, 2012
1:21 pm

Congrats, of course, to Bay Bay Thomas and Calvin Johnson, but I wholeheartedly agree with BigTimeTechFan that congrats also go to Will Heller, who came to Tech (from Marist along with Kelley Rhino and Hugh Riley), but sans a scholarship, only to quickly earn one and even more amazing, to have played pro for what, 10 or 12 years now. Good for you, Heller.


January 9th, 2012
1:28 pm

@ Paul In NH, the Dan Patrick Show this morning timed that kickoff from 1980 and it was 13 seconds from the time he caught the ball until he ran into the end zone.

As for Stafford being inaccurate from previous commenters, remember this is the first season he has actually stayed healthy. As a Lions fan who is not a Georgia fan, I’m looking forward to the future.

is anyone actually stupid enough to type their real email address in the comments?

January 9th, 2012
1:33 pm

@ Paul in NH, Thomas got a head start by the clock not starting due to the kickoff being a touchback. When the ball was snapped there were the full 15 minutes on the clock, vs. the Bears-Lions game where the clock started as soon as the guy started running the kick back.

So in other words, Thomas got about a 35-40 yard head start on the kick returner from your game. Hence, a faster ending to the game.