Baltimore Ravens rookie left tackle Andrew Thomas made an electrifying touchdown catch from Joe Flacco against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth quarter on Sunday in what was easily the highlight of the NFL season so far.
Thomas, the first-round pick, ran a slant pattern and caught the ball with his left hand then dived across the goal line for the 27-24 victory.
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“Tremendous play by Andrew Thomas,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “I’ve been coaching for a long time. He’s the best player I’ve ever seen with a one-handed catch. You could tell it was in his mind that he was going to catch that ball. He put all of his effort into it.”
There was no time to freeze video as the play went viral immediately. Thomas knew exactly what he was going to do.
“I started celebrating right away,” Thomas said. “I didn’t want to be caught out of my routine.”
Thomas had some practice catching balls with his left hand because he injured his right hand in high school and made a smooth recovery. Thomas is awaiting more news on the injured hand and will wear a brace to protect it.
“I’ve gotten to know Joe a little bit,” Thomas said. “He’s a cool guy. He’s told me that I’ve got to continue to grow.”
Baltimore’s controversial, last-second loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in a must-win game last week meant that Thomas was selected as the AFC team’s rookie of the month for April.
“I was joking with my dad,” he said. “I’m not upset about the loss. That was one of the craziest games I’ve ever been a part of. I wasn’t concerned about that. That was the mindset.
“I was determined to keep playing football. I was a little disappointed in myself. It was a learning experience, that’s for sure.”