T.J. Watt tied Michael Strahan for the single-season sack record on Sunday with a sack of Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley in the second quarter, but he appeared as if he may have had another one earlier in the game which would make him the sole record holder.
In the first quarter, Watt tackled Huntley after a botched snap and knocked the ball loose, but the official scorer ruled Huntley was a runner and therefore it was not a sack.
So, should Watt really have the single-season record to himself?
The answer, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is no.
The Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly appealed to Elias, which has the final say, that Watt should have been awarded a sack on the first-quarter play but the appeal was rejected by the statisticians there.
Elias Sports Bureau agreed with the official scoring in Baltimore that Huntley was indeed a runner and therefore, could not be counted as a sack.
Had they ruled differently, Watt would have had 23.5 sacks and had the record to himself. Instead, he will continue to share with Strahan.
Of course, Strahan’s sack record has also long been questioned after Brett Favre fell down in the backfield and essentially gifted the Giants legend the record 20 years ago.
For now, the two will share the title until someone can record 23 sacks in a season.