FOR THOMAS, IT’S A BREEZE WITH BREES

Calgary Sun - - SPORTS - — DON BREN­NAN

NEW OR­LEANS — There is no deny­ing the chem­istry be­tween drew Brees and Michael Thomas.

Just ask the Philadel­phia Ea­gles. Thomas, who led the NFL with 125 catches this sea­son and set a Saints fran­chise record with 1,405 re­ceiv­ing yards, car­ried on the same path in Sun­day’s 20-14 vic­tory.

along with scor­ing the win­ning touch­down, the 25-year-old caught 12 passes for 171 yards. That means in three ca­reer play­off games, Thomas has 27 catches for 377 yards.

Just think about that for a sec­ond.

“We just keep go­ing,” Thomas said of his karma with Brees. “When we come out there, we feel no one can stop us. I just feel like we keep build­ing ev­ery week. I have his back and he has my back. We have a thing, and it’s hard for the other team to stop (us).”

The Ea­gles had ex­tra cov­er­age on Thomas, but it was no use. on the time­con­sum­ing win­ning drive, Thomas caught four passes for 51 yards — in­clud­ing the two-yard touch­down toss.

“It’s win or go home ... I do what­ever it takes,” said Thomas. “If you are dou­bleor triple-teamed, it doesn’t mat­ter. you just have to do your job. you need to con­cen­trate on what you are do­ing and things will open up.”

In the Saints’ 48-7 win over Philadel­phia ear­lier in the sea­son, Thomas didn’t do a lot of the dam­age with four catches for 92 yards and a touch­down. He was de­ter­mined to im­prove on those num­bers.

“When they played us the first time, I had a de­cent game,” he said. “I just watched the film ... I had to beat who­ever was in the way and go out and catch the ball. When it’s third down and the ball is com­ing to me, then I have to con­vert. I just have to run my route and do what I have to to get open.”

BUTCH DILL/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Saints quar­ter­back Drew Brees con­grat­u­lates Michael Thomas (13) af­ter throw­ing him a TD pass in last night’s NFC semi­fi­nal vic­tory.

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