(Reuters) - Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt added his name to the NFL record books for sacks on a bittersweet Sunday.
Watt became the first player to record two seasons with 20-plus sacks to advance his claims for the league’s Most Valuable Player award.
But despite Watt having three sacks, including a fourth-quarter safety, in a 23-17 home win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Texans failed to make the playoffs, losing out to Baltimore in their bid for a wild-card spot in the postseason.
The sacks gave him 20.5 for the season. He also had 20.5 sacks in 2012.
“It’s very weird, I don’t know,” Watt, a Pro Bowl selection in 2012 and 2013, told reporters when asked if he was celebrating the Texans’ win in their regular-season finale or mourning their failure to reach the postseason.
“I wasn’t ready for it (the season) to end.”
Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Gene Cherry