That included Thomas, who was unaware his big play had propelled the Broncos deeper into the playoffs.
"I saw Champ run up to me in the tunnel, and I was like, 'What's going on?' " Thomas said Monday, according to The Denver Post.
Under the new rules, both teams have a chance to possess the ball in overtime unless the team that receives the initial kickoff scores a touchdown or the defense scores on an interception, safety or fumble recovery.
With the help of a sweet Tim Tebow pass and his own vicious stiff-arm, Thomas ensured Pittsburgh will have to wait until September for its next offensive series.