Wide receiver Michael Thomas burned Rams cornerback Marcus Peters on a 72-yard bomb to extend the Saints’ lead to 45-35 with 4:02 to play in New Orleans.
Then Thomas, with 12 catches for a franchise-record 211 yards and a score in the Saints’ win, pulled a flip phone from beneath the goal post.
He appeared to dial and held the phone to his ear.
“I had my plot set up,” Thomas told reporters after the game. “I had it set up to where I was anticipating to get in the end zone.”
How did he know which side of the field to place his prop?
Thomas covered his bases, hiding a flip phone under a goal post in each end zone.
His celebration was a nod to legendary Saints receiver Joe Horn, who famously celebrated with his own hidden flip phone after a December 2003 touchdown vs. the New York Giants.
Horn played for the Saints from 2000-06 and is in the top five in almost every receiving category for the franchise.
He saw Thomas’ celebration while working out in Tupelo, Mississippi, per NOLA.com columnist Jeff Duncan, and even purchased the Pro Bowl receiver’s jersey in the aftermath.
“When I saw him bring out that cellphone, it brought a tear to my eye,” Horn told Duncan. “For him to pay homage to me in that way…that’s something that some kids don’t do, to pay homage to an old soul.
“For him to do it on a national stage took a lot of courage. I’m humbled.”