T.J. Watt ties single-season sack record; Steelers and Ravens tied 3-3 at halftime

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The Steelers and Ravens played a sloppy first half of football, but a little history was made late in the second quarter.

On first-and-goal from Pittsburgh’s 3-yard line, edge rusher T.J. Watt sacked quarterback Tyler Huntley for a 3-yard loss. With that quarterback takedown, Watt tied the NFL’s single-season record with 22.5 sacks set by Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan back in 2001.

Though teams are playing 17 regular-season games for the first time, Watt has tied that record in just 15 games played this season.

He’ll have a chance to break the record in the second half. But through the first 30 minutes of Sunday’s game, Pittsburgh and Baltimore are tied, 3-3.

One could call it a defensive battle. But it’s mostly been an ineffective offensive attack for both teams. Pittsburgh has just four first downs and is 1-of-7 on third down. Baltimore has nine first downs and is 1-of-6 on third down.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, ostensibly playing his last regular-season game, is 8-of-15 passing for 66 yards with an interception. Najee Harris had to exit the contest early with an elbow injury, though he was announced as probable to return.

On the other side, Tyler Huntley is 10-of-17 passing for 98 yards with an interception and a lost fumble. He’s also rushed for 37 yards to lead the team.

Ravens tight end Mark Andrews also set a single-season franchise record in receptions, catching five passes for 54 yards.

Baltimore will have the ball to start the second half. Both teams still have a chance to make the postseason, especially considering the Colts are down to the Jaguars 13-3 at halftime of that game in Florida.

20 responses to “T.J. Watt ties single-season sack record; Steelers and Ravens tied 3-3 at halftime

  1. Tyler struggling taking so many sacks. Every Ravens snap is shotgun, if not run its drop-back. Predictable.
    Now the world can see that Lamar is not issue, Greg Roman is… TJ congrads, would wish to play Roman offence every week and feast.

  2. I’ve always felt Strahan’s record should have an asterisk since Favre flopped for him.

  3. Trying to justify that Watt has only played 15 games is silly and doesn’t matter. If Watt only played 15 games in a 16 game season, there still wouldn’t be an opportunity for him to play a 17th game. It’s on him that he’s like his brother and can’t stay healthy.

  4. Done in 15 games. Missed Week 3 and 11.

    Better than the way Strahan did it by having Favre take a dive.

  5. Sets a new 17 season record, does not tie or break the 16 game record. It will probably stand forever. We’re only a season or two away from someone setting the 18 game record as the NFL further waters down the regular season for more money.

  6. TJ Watt for MVP he deserves it he earned it no MVP voter should feel anything but proud to vote for him it was never meant to be QB award .

  7. He’s also part of a swiss cheese run D, but let’s celebrate meaningless accumulation of sacks.

  8. springfield says:
    January 9, 2022 at 2:52 pm
    17 games…. That doesn’t tie any record

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    Watt played in only 15 games

  9. LT had 20 in a mid-80s season and they did not throw the ball as much and he did not rush all the time. Watt looks awkward compared to the likes of Taylor.

  10. Hey Haters, you can debate all you want. At the end of the day TJ Watt has the record. Get over it, bunch of grown men acting like babies.

  11. Week 17 records need to be on a separate list. I don’t care if he was out a couple of games, it still doesn’t count.

  12. docsmith54 says:
    January 9, 2022 at 3:48 pm
    LT had 20 in a mid-80s season and they did not throw the ball as much and he did not rush all the time. Watt looks awkward compared to the likes of Taylor.

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    Cool. No one is taking away Taylor Lawrence’s dominance. He’s still revered bud. But guess what TJ has 22.5 sacks this year and that’s the record. Don’t let it keep you up at night 🙂

  13. Some people have no clue. TJ tied it but missed 2 games and in two others he only played half a game but they say “asterisk”
    Real sports fans not homers understand that.

  14. Michael E says:
    January 9, 2022 at 4:35 pm
    Week 17 records need to be on a separate list. I don’t care if he was out a couple of games, it still doesn’t count.

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    But it does 😘😘

  15. touchback6 says:
    January 9, 2022 at 3:16 pm
    He’s also part of a swiss cheese run D, but let’s celebrate meaningless accumulation of sacks.

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    Why don’t we celebrate the pats being pummeled

  16. Should be a new record 23 1/2 sacks, but one sack was reversed incorrectly when TJ stripped the ball from Huntley when he was technically still a passer.

  17. No skin in the game but for everyone who is so concerned over the records. Why aren’t you upset or wanting an asterisk for when the league went from 12 games to 14? 14 games to 16? What about the championships the browns won prior to it being called a Super Bowl? You could even argue that watt was robbed of a sack because they said it was a run play because Huntley fumbled after he was sacked? Either way hopefully Stratham recognizes the tie because at the end of the day watt missed 2 1/2 games and played trough fractured ribs. Stratham was ok with the record being a Davee flop he should be ok with the tie being done in 17 games.

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