Sarah Thomas' name is in the headlines again because she is a trailblazer, and that's always a good thing.
The Mississippi native and mother of three kids is in her fourth season as a NFL official, and is STILL making history. She is the first woman to not only officiate in an NFL preseason and regular season game, she is also the first to officiate in a regular season college game, a college bowl game, and the first to do so in a Big Ten Conference stadium.
When the playoff game between the Los Angeles Changers and New England
If you're wondering how NFL referees get assigned to the high stakes playoff games, it is based on a merit system. Officials are individually graded by the league office for their work on every play during regular season games.
The scores are tabulated, and the officials are placed in three tiers. Tier I officials are eligible to work in the Super Bowl or the AFC and NFL conference championship games. Tier II officials are assigned to the wild card or divisional round playoff games
If you're in Tier III, you not only don't work any playoff games, you are probably looking at being placed on probation. Two consecutive years in Tier III leads to your dismissal from the NFL's officiating ranks.
It's a safe bet that will probably happen for her sooner rather than later.