Michael Thomas chose the worst possible time to tally zero catches for the first time ever in his NFL career. The reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year had a rather forgetful evening on Sunday, as the New Orleans Saints bowed out of the 2021 playoffs with a 30-20 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers' defense was all up on Thomas' case on Sunday, as he failed to get his hands on the rock after being targeted for a total of four times. Although it was Drew Brees' timely turnovers that ultimately turned the tide in the game, the Saints' poor offensive evening obviously didn't help.
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After his horrible game, Twitter trolled the 27-year-old Saints wideout hard:
Truly a record setting night for Michael Thomas pic.twitter.com/OVO6vz6pp5
— Austin Riley’s Rakes™️ (@RileysRakes) January 18, 2021
Michael Thomas went OFF tonight 👀
0 CATCHES 🥶🥶🥶🥶
0 YARDS 🤑🤑🤑🤑
0 TD’S 🥵🥵🥵🥵
1 LOSS 🥺🥺🥺🥺
CAN ANYONE GUARD THE 1-AND-DONE SLANT MERCHANT??? pic.twitter.com/lbW0sFSdyp
— Ryan (@rhopkins_) January 18, 2021
Nigga they literally CAN guard u @Cantguardmike 😭😭😭😭
— Këv (@lemonpepperkev) January 18, 2021
The stark difference between Michael Thomas' 2019 and 2020 campaign is like night and day. After a record-setting 2019 season where he led the league in receptions and receiving yards, the three-time Pro Bowler was virtually a non-factor for the Saints this 2020. Thomas injured his ankle in Week 1, which forced him to sit out the next eight weeks.
Thomas' 2020 campaign was also smeared with controversy after a training incident with teammate CJ Gardner-Johnson resulted in a hefty $58,823 fine by the Saints.
Playoff Michael Thomas pic.twitter.com/QvkJuWLWjp
— Zeeti (@DJZeeti) January 18, 2021
How many catches does Michael Thomas have? pic.twitter.com/ywCbir3Lqn
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Moreover, Thomas' high-ankle injury seemed to have slowed him down upon his return, considering that he ended the regular season without a single touchdown for the first time in his career. He seemed to have gone back to his old ways in the Saints' Wild Card win over the Chicago Bears when he scored his first touchdown of the season. Sunday, though, was pretty much the same for Thomas–proving that 2020 was just not his year.