T.J. Watt was hopeful that he’d get a stat correction to place him alone in first place on the NFL’s all-time single-season sack leaderboard. He’ll should accept a first-place tie with Michael Strahan.

The Elias Sports activities Bureau denied an attraction made by the Steelers to grant a Watt an additional sack, based on a number of reviews.

The play that Watt and the Steelers have been hoping could be overturned got here within the first quarter of the workforce’s 16-13 win over the Ravens in Week 18. Watt pressured a fumble by Tyler Huntley after the Baltimore quarterback needed to go to the bottom to choose up an errant snap.

Initially, it appeared that this play would tie Strahan’s sack document. Nonetheless, the statisticians readily available dominated that it was a working play and thus didn’t credit score Watt with a sack. Watt later bought the record-tying sack however was unable to get one other to place him forward of Strahan.

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That mentioned, Watt believed he had the document — or at the least that he ought to, as he defined to Albert Breer of The MMQB.

“It was empty [backfield] and there was a foul snap,” Watt instructed Breer. “[Tyler Huntley] fell on it, however then he bought up. And when he bought again up on his two ft, I tackled him and bought the ball out. So, I imply, he very properly may have nonetheless thrown the ball. My understanding was that it was a sack, however apparently it wasn’t, at the least based on the statisticians.”

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Why wasn’t the play dominated a sack? It was a operate of the snap. Heart Bradley Bozeman by no means bought the ball again to Huntley, as he snapped the ball straight into his personal rear finish — as if he thought Huntley was beneath heart. Consequently, the ball skittered again to Huntley and was dominated an aborted snap.

Aborted snaps are dominated fumbles, so Huntley was credited with a fumble restoration when he picked the ball up and have become a runner. So, though he was capable of rise up briefly earlier than Watt hit him, the play was mechanically dominated a run due to the botched snap.

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Watt nonetheless has the NFL’s official single-season sack document at a mark of twenty-two.5; he’ll simply should share it with Strahan. That mentioned, Watt can take consolation in the truth that he achieved his feat in simply 15 video games performed whereas Strahaan’s got here in 16.

And on condition that Strahan’s remaining sack got here throughout a play the place Brett Favre primarily took a dive within the backfield to grant him the document, Watt’s whole could also be considered with extra legitimacy by historical past. 





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