The hosts and the Charges of Los Angeles face each other; on paper, the match has no history, too much difference between the two teams, and the results confirm it: the Patriots crash the Californians 41 to 28 and start a march that will take them to the Super Bowl and their sixth title.
When Sarah Thomas steps into the grass field of the Gillette Stadium at 1:05 p.m., she officially becomes the first woman to have ever arbitrated an NFL playoff challenge, the very best of the most American sport ever. For the very few that have never heard about American football: this sport sees 22 players competing for the yards scored on the field by moving an oval ball forward and trying to get with it to the goal.
On February 13, 2019, Sarah Thomas officially became the first woman to ever arbitrate an NFL play off challenge, the elite of a sport that can't be more American.
Towards the goal: Sarah Thomas' field achievements
In 2015, the turning point: Sarah Thomas, who in the meantime has also become the mother of three children, is included in the body of 122 official referees of the championship matches.
Woman referee: not just football, not just Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas, Violet, Dee, Eva, Bibiana, Cristina and Romina, seven names that have entered the history of sport, breaking down, each in its own way, another fence on the road to gender equality.
In the Italian Serie A on the other hand, women became part of the referees' trio in 2010, when Cristina Cini and Romina Santuari debuted as assistant players in the league match between Bari and Parma.