T.J. Watt will have to continue sharing the NFL’s single-season sack record with Hall of Famer Michael Strahan.
On Wednesday, the Steelers appealed in vain to the Elias Sports Bureau — the league’s official statistician — to overturn a ruling on what looked like a first-quarter sack against the Ravens in Week 18. He was credited with a tackle for loss and forced fumble.
His second-quarter sack, which arguably should’ve set the record, instead was No. 22.5. But it still capped one of the greatest defensive seasons of all time.
Just prior to the season, the 27-year-old Watt inked a four-year, $112 million contract extension, making him the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player.
Watt was a big reason they still made the playoffs, and with a bottom-12 scoring offense, he’ll need to make a difference again on Sunday against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, who are heavily favored (-12.5*).