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Saints WR Michael Thomas posts IG story claiming he was screwed out of TD catch in loss to Buccaneers

Michael Thomas, Saints, Buccaneers

New Orleans Saints wideout Michael Thomas has received more flak than passes over the past 24 hours.

Thomas has been taking heat since his silent performance in the Saints’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Divisional Round on Sunday. The star wideout failed to record a reception on four targets in New Orleans’ 30-20 loss—likely the final outing of quarterback Drew Brees’ career.

However, Thomas believes he did, in fact, find the Superdome end zone. On his Instagram story on Monday, the receiver posted a replay of a would-be touchdown from Sunday, seemingly implying that he legally caught the reception that was ruled as incomplete.

You can decide for yourself, but it certainly seems as if his knee and shin both come down out of bounds at the same time.

Michael Thomas’ lack of production in the divisional round found him on the wrong end of some savage smack talk after the game. Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis—who checked Thomas for most of the night—mocked the Saints receiver on Twitter by calling him “slant boy.”

The disappointing performance fittingly capped off a strange season for Thomas. Following his prolific 2019 campaign, Thomas was limited to just seven appearances in 2020 due to a combination of injuries and a suspension. He accrued 40 receptions for 438 yards and, remarkably, zero touchdowns.

In the Saints’ 21-9 Wild Card Round win over the Chicago Bears last weekend, Thomas posted five catches (seven targets) for 73 yards and his only score of the season.

Until this year, Thomas had played 63 of a possible 64 games in his career. Last season, he set the NFL single-season receptions record and won the NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award after racking up 149 catches, 1,725 yards and nine TDs.