SAN JOSE -- Clevan Thomas returned two interceptions for touchdowns, Huey Whittaker scored three times, and the SaberCats clinched a spot in the AFL playoffs with a convincing 62-35 victory over the San Antonio Talons on Saturday night at HP Pavilion.

"Coach put me in position and I just made the plays," said Thomas, 34, an eight-year veteran who is tied for the league with 11 interceptions and has 61 in his career. "It's really a mindset, whether you're tired or not, to suck it up and focus on that play in front of you."

Fred Williams also scored twice as the SaberCats (11-4) won their sixth straight at home and third consecutive overall.

"We're starting to gel and guys can see what is in front of us," SaberCats coach Darren Arbet said. "Everyone has to be great for us. It's never about the other team. It's about us."

The Talons (8-7) had a three-game winning snapped.

Thomas' first interception, early in the second half, likely sealed the victory. It was the final of six consecutive touchdowns San Jose scored after the Talons opened with a 7-0 edge after two minutes, 28 seconds of play.

"He is playing well right now," Arbet said. "He's got his legs under him now and he made huge plays. That's what he does."

Jamark Simmons and Jabari Fletcher each rushed for a touchdown. Russ Michna threw for 182 yards on 15 of 28 passing and five touchdowns.

Williams finished with seven catches for 107 yards.

  • SaberCats defensive lineman Terrance Carter was placed on inactive reserve on Monday when San Jose acquired DL Luis Vasquez. Three days later, the transaction went the other way, with Vasquez going on IR and Carter activated.

    Willis caught a 17-yard pass early in the first quarter, his 100th reception of the season. Fred Williams entered the game with 84 receptions.

  • San Jose recovered its league-leading fourth on-side kick near the end of the second quarter. It was the first one allowed by the Talons.