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Steelers’ T.J. Watt ties NFL season sack record

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Jan 9, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (90) and outside linebacker Alex Highsmith (56) sack sBaltimore Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley (2) during the second  quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (90) and outside linebacker Alex Highsmith (56) sack sBaltimore Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley (2) during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt matched the NFL’s official single-season sack record of 22.5 by corralling Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley in the final minute of the first half of Sunday’s game.

The sack allowed Watt to tie Michael Strahan, who set the record in 2001 for the New York Giants.

The Ravens had first-and-goal at the Pittsburgh 3-yard line when Huntley dropped back to pass and Watt recorded the big sack with 23 seconds left in the half.

The score was knotted at 3 at halftime.

Watt had 3.5 sacks against Baltimore in this season’s first meeting, won 20-19 by the Steelers on Dec. 5.

Sacks didn’t become an official stat until 1982. Al “Bubba” Baker of the Detroit Lions registered 23 in 1978, an unofficial record.

–Field Level Media