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TJ Watt to settle for shared sack record after Steelers call for extra sack denied

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TJ Watt was hoping he would get a stat correction to put him alone in first place in the all-time standings for the NFL sacks. He will have to settle for a tie for first place with Michael Strahan.

The Elias Athletic Office has rejected an appeal by the Steelers to grant Watt an extra bag, according to multiple reports.

The game Watt and the Steelers hoped to reverse came in the first quarter of the team’s 16-13 win over the Ravens in Week 18. Watt forced a fumble from Tyler Huntley after the Baltimore quarterback had to go to the ground to choose. a wandering snap.

Originally, it looked like this piece would equal Strahan’s bag record. However, statisticians in attendance ruled that it was a racing game and therefore did not credit Watt with a sack. Watt later got the equalizer bag but was unable to secure another to place it in front of Strahan.

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That said, Watt thought he had the record – or at least he should, as he explained to The MMQB’s Albert Breer.

“It was empty [backfield] and there was a bad snap, “Watt told Breer.”[Tyler Huntley] fell on it, but then he got up. And when he got back to his own two feet, I tackled him and released the ball. So, I mean, he could very well have thrown the ball again. I understood it was a bag, but apparently it wasn’t, at least according to statisticians.

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Why was the coin not considered a bag? It was a function of the snap. Center Bradley Bozeman never returned the ball to Huntley as he sent the ball straight into his own fullback – as if he thought Huntley was under the center. As a result, the ball returned to Huntley and was ruled as an aborted snap.

Aborted snaps are considered fumbles, so Huntley was credited with a fumble recovery when he recovered the ball and became a runner. So while he was able to get up briefly before Watt hit him, the game was automatically judged as a run because of the botched snap.

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Watt still has the official NFL single-season sack record with a mark of 22.5; he will only have to share it with Strahan. That said, Watt can take comfort in the fact that he achieved his feat in just 15 games played while Strahaan’s has 16.

And given that Strahan’s last sack came in a play where Brett Favre essentially dove into the backfield to grant him the record, Watt’s total can be considered more legitimately by the story.

TJ Watt to settle for shared sack record after Steelers call for extra sack denied

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