Not only did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers get the best kind of revenge on the New Orleans Saints with a 30-20 playoff win after going 0-2 against them in the regular season, but they also completely shut down one of their top playmakers in the stat sheet.
Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, who led the NFL in receptions just a season ago, was only targeted 4 times and had zero catches.
He doesn’t think so, however. Thomas took to Instagram story after the game and showed a slow-mo replay of a TD catch that was not given to him during the game.
Bucs corner Sean Murphy-Bunting said that it felt good to put the clamps on Thomas after he allegedly was taunting him and the rest of the Bucs D before the contest.
“Man, we just played ball,” Murphy-Bunting said, via NFL Network’s James Palmer. “I’m not the type to be doing the back and forth, he said, she said thing. But I took it to heart when during pregame I’m sitting on the bench, and he’s walking down the sideline mean-mugging me three or four times. I don’t say much, but when you do something like that, it’s like you’re trying me as a man.
So with all that taunting stuff that he does, and muscles up and all that, he didn’t do it one time this game. I’m not going to sit here and trash talk anybody. He’s a really, really, really good receiver. Catch radius. He’s really talented. But at the end of the day, you’re not going to try me as a man. You’re not going to try any of my guys. We’re going to battle. That’s it.”
Tampa held Thomas to his first career game with fewer than two receptions, including playoffs.
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