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Michael Thomas wins AFC award

The magical week for Miami Dolphins backup defensive back Michael Thomas continues.

In a surprise move, the NFL named Thomas as the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his key pass defense and interception in Miami's 24-20 victory over the New England Patriots.

"Hearing the news that I was AFC Defensive Player of the Week, that was the biggest 'Wow' moment," Thomas said. "All my teammates, [Randy] Starks, Mike Wallace, said just live it up, build [from] it and embrace it. Don't just try to move on from it, because it doesn't happen often."

Thomas played just 16 snaps in the game, but he made them count. His game-saving pass defense against Patriots receiver Danny Amendola and interception off Tom Brady on New England's final drive sealed the win for the Dolphins. Miami improved to 8-6 and controls its own destiny for the final wild card in the AFC.

"You dream big," Thomas said Tuesday. "Nobody dreams small. So I gotta say, because of my teammates and because my coaches trusted and believed in me, I was able to make that play."

The Dolphins claimed Thomas off waivers from the practice squad of the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 10. He had only three days of practice before being inserted into the game in the fourth quarter against the Patriots because of injuries to starting cornerbacks Brent Grimes and Nolan Carroll.

The Dolphins will travel to play the Buffalo Bills (5-9) on Sunday.