Steelers’ appeal to give T.J. Watt NFL sack record rejected, pass-rusher remains tied with Michael Strahan – CBSSports.com

Heading into Week 18, all T.J. Watt needed was one sack to knot himself in the history books with Michael Strahan for the all-time record in a single season at 22.5. For a minute, it looked like the Pittsburgh pass-rusher made quick work of that history-making endeavor, knocking the football loose from Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley in the first quarter on Sunday. In the immediate aftermath of the play, the takedown was treated as if Watt had tied himself with Strahan for the record. However, the statisticians in Baltimore ultimately ruled the botched snap between Huntley and center, Bradley Bozeman, as an aborted play with Watt being credited for a tackle for loss and a forced fumble, but no sack. Watt was eventually able to sack Huntley in the second quarter to tie the single-season record, so he was still able to reach the milestone. That said, the Steelers did appeal to the Elias Sports Bureau, who has the final say in such circumstances, about that first takedown. That appeal, the team confirmed to Pro Football Talk, was rejected.  “T.J. WATT…NFL HISTORY!” He has tied the single-season sack record with 22.5 sacks.pic.twitter.com/wO2Bkm39c2(via @NFL)— NFL on CBS

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