Steelers’ T.J. Watt ties single-season NFL sack record as Pittsburgh defeat Ravens in OT

Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt tied the NFL’s single-season sack record with a takedown of Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley in the second quarter of Pittsburgh’s win in OT against Baltimore on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, with a score of 16-13.

Watt recorded sack No. 22.5 on the season about 25 seconds before halftime during the game in Baltimore. The sack tied former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan’s mark from 2001. Strahan recorded his record sack total in 16 games in 2001. Watt recorded his 22.5 sacks in 15 appearances.

Watt told reporters at his postgame news conference: “It’s definitely a cool thing. I don’t know if any of it has really hit me. It’s not just myself. There are so many great players and coaches and schemes and a lot of selfless in the locker room that allow me to make plays.”  Watt totaled five tackles, three quarterback hits and a pass defensed in the victory.

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