Updated: Jan 13
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In the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Ravens, T.J. Watt tied the NFL single-season sack record at 22.5. Watt tied Michael Strahan, who set the record in 2001.
While Watt ripped through Ravens tight end Eric Tomlinson and right tackle David Sharpe for his 22.5 sack of the season, you can't say the same for Strahan when he set the record, as Brett Favre literally laid down for him. Just watch the play below. It's unbelievable.
Watt could have broke the record, but the statisticians in Baltimore took a sack away in the first quarter. There was a bad snap on the play and Watt sacked Tyler Huntley after he got up from recovering the loose ball. Huntley never fully got up on his feet, however. It was a weird play, so I can see how the sack was taken away, but if Watt didn't beat Mekhari clean, Huntley could have got back up to a standing position. Watt also was credited with a forced fumble on the play, so the statisticians acknowledged that Huntley had possession.
You can bet that the Elias Sports Bureau will look over this thoroughly.
"Give him half a sack. Start the petition," Ben Roethlisberger said after the game about Watt.
Cam Heyward also thinks Watt deserves to be credited with a sack on the play and not a tackle for loss.