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There's Controversy With T.J. Watt In Baltimore This Afternoon

Steelers star T.J. Watt on Sunday.

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 08: T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates sacking Justin Fields #1 of the Chicago Bears during the second half of their game at Heinz Field on November 08, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Steelers pass rusher T.J. Watt entered today needing one sack to tie the NFL single-season record of 22.5.

After a bizarre play in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens, he still has 21.5 sacks, one less than record-holder Michael Strahan. But for a moment, it looked like the fifth-year pro tied the current TV star.

On 2nd-and-8 from the Ravens' 46-yard line, an errant shotgun snap sent quarterback Tyler Huntley scrambling for the loose ball. After retrieving the pigskin, Huntley got up and tried to run, only to have Watt take him down while knocking the ball out of his hand.

Pittsburgh wound up recovering and converted the turnover into three points.

Unfortunately for Watt, the official scorers in Baltimore ruled the play an "aborted snap and fumble" and did not give him credit for a sack. He's got to take Huntley down for real in order to tie Strahan.

Considering Strahan broke Mark Gastineau's old record in 2001 on a weird play in which Brett Favre allegedly took a dive, it would have been kind of fitting of Watt tied the mark when he stripped Hundley after the bad snap.

Alas, it was not to be. We'll see if the DPOY candidate can sack Huntley for real over the next three-plus quarters.