What number of males does it take to cease T.J. Watt?
Apparently, it is greater than 4.
On the Seahawks’ closing offensive down Sunday evening of their 23-20 time beyond regulation loss to the Steelers — with the reminiscence of his series-ending sack just some performs earlier nonetheless painfully recent — Seattle lined up with offensive deal with Brandon Shell off Watt’s proper shoulder and tight finish Gerald Everett off his left shoulder. Their project was apparent: hold Watt away from quarterback Gene Smith.
As Watt started to advance, Everett stepped ahead to interact him and truly engaged Watt’s facemask earlier than being discarded. Shell slid behind Everett to offer a second line of safety. When Watt bought to Shell, he started to maneuver Shell backward and collapse the pocket, so operating again DeeJay Dallas launched from the backfield and briefly added another barrier between Watt and the QB.
Smith sensed there was hassle coming from his proper, so he stepped ahead to get away and maybe discover an open receiver, however not with out Watt noticing. As Watt deserted his lane and moved to his proper to chase down Smith, middle Kyle Fuller hoped to decelerate Watt however wasn’t fast sufficient and solely may brush him with a free hand.
Watt then slammed into Smith together with his proper arm coming down like a hammer, knocking the ball free onto the Heinz Discipline grass on the Seattle 16 yard-line, the place it was scooped up by linebacker Devin Bush and returned again to the Seattle 16 — after a short detour towards the alternative finish zone.
Two performs later, Chris Boswell kicked the game-winning area purpose.
“I do not suppose anybody is shocked by his skill to ship in these moments,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin mentioned of Watt. “Yeah, he is an excellent participant, however it’s about what he is keen to do by way of preparation and conditioning himself and all of these issues.
“It isn’t something mystical about that playmaking, man, we’re speaking a few man who’s actually proficient, works extraordinarily exhausting, is hyper-focused, prepares himself bodily and mentally. That is what occurs.”
It was Watt’s second second sack of the time beyond regulation interval. The primary took Seattle out of field-goal vary after it gained the toss and superior into Steelers territory. He additionally knocked down three passes and made a complete of six unassisted tackles. He now has seven sacks in 5 video games.
This was the participant the Steelers made the highest-paid defensive participant within the sport with a four-year, $112 million contract the week of the opening sport. He was named to the Professional Bowl every of the previous three seasons and was named All-Professional the previous two years.
Truly, in case you add up the whole contract worth of the 4 gamers who tried and failed to forestall Watt from making the game-changing play, it involves solely 17.5 % of Watt’s deal. So the mathematics checks out.
“I am exhausted,” Watt informed NBC’s Michele Tafoya with a chuckle. “I used to be attempting to catch my breath. We needed to exit for one more sequence after I used to be yelling a lot after the primary sack. I used to be simply glad I used to be capable of pull it collectively for one more one.”