New Orleans' Michael Thomas Breaks Single-Season Receptions Record

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas set a new single-season NFL record when he caught his 144th pass of the 2019 season on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Thomas breaks the old record of 143 set by Marvin Harrison of the Indianapolis Colts in 2002.

Thomas went on to catch a touchdown pass in the Saints' 38-28 win over the Tennessee Titans. New Orleans improves to 12-3 on the season and are still playing for home-field advantage in the playoffs with one game remaining at Carolina next week.

The Titans fell to 8-7 on the season and need to win next weekend at the Houston Texans in order to make the playoffs.

Thomas tied the record of 143 in the fourth quarter on a pass that wasn't thrown by Drew Brees. Taysom Hill took the snap and connected with Thomas over the middle for the completion.

Brees targeted Thomas once more during the series, but it fell incomplete. The Saints turned the ball over on downs, but the New Orleans defense forced a fumble on Tennessee's next offensive play.

New Orleans had the ball 2nd-and-9 at the 16-yard line when Brees hit Thomas on a quick out to the left. Thomas darted down the sideline and stretched toward the end zone. The call on the field was a touchdown, but a review showed he was down at the 1.

That’s the record-breaker. Michael Thomas makes his 144th reception, a new single-season record!

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Two plays later on a 2nd-and-goal from the 2-yard line, Brees tossed a touchdown pass to Thomas to give the Saints a 38-28 lead. The scoring pass not only extended Thomas' mark to 145 on the season, but it extended Brees' all-time touchdown mark to 544. Brees set the new record Monday night when he passed the old mark of 539 held by Peyton Manning.

Thomas entered the game with 133 receptions, needing 11 catches over the final two games to break the record. Thomas caught 104 passes for the Saints in 2017, and he bettered the Saints' franchise mark when he caught 125 passes in 2018.

Harrison, who is in the Professional Football Hall of Fame, is now at second all-time for a single season. Antonio Brown and Julio Jones are now tied for third after both receivers each caught 136 passes in 2015.

Thomas, who played at The Ohio State University, is only in his fourth season with the New Orleans Saints. He is now a four-time Pro Bowl selectee and he has once been named to the NFL's All-Pro team.

Thomas this season has caught 10 or more passes nine different times, he had two games where he caught nine passes and another when he caught eight. He looks to add to his total when the Saints travel to play the Carolina Panthers next Sunday. When the teams met on November 24 this season, Thomas hauled in 10 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets.

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Wide receiver Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saints makes a pass reception as cornerback Logan Ryan #26 of the Tennessee Titans tackles during the third quarter in the game at Nissan Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images