With the safety he forced Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles into on Sunday, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt became the first player in NFL history with multiple 20-sack seasons.
Watt entered the game with 17.5 sacks, and finished with three more, bringing his total to 20.5. The fourth-year player also had 20.5 sacks in 2012.
With the Jaguars facing a 3rd-and-7 from their own 10-yard line in the fourth quarter, Watt beat his lineman to the edge, then got by him with a spin move that brought him into position to sack Bortles in the end zone for a safety.
Watt finished with six tackles (four for loss), three sacks and the safety.
For the season, he finished with the 20.5 sacks, 78 tackles (17 for loss), 10 pass deflections, three forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and one interception. Watt also finished with five total touchdowns, including three as a receiver.
The Texans won 23-17, finishing 9-7 but missing the playoffs.
- Mike Fiammetta