JJ Watt announces return with second-half sack, and his brother TJ was loving it

Jack Baer

It had been a long few months for JJ Watt, but the Houston Texans star is officially back.

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After a quiet first half, Watt came back in force against the Buffalo Bills during Saturday’s wild-card round with a powerful rush and sack of Josh Allen in the third quarter.

It was Watt’s first sack since Oct. 6.

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) sacks Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
It's been a tough season for JJ Watt, but he made it back for the playoffs. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

A Houston crowd that had watched a lackluster 13-0 game up to that point was loving it, but the most excited person in NRG Stadium might have been Watt’s brother, Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro linebacker TJ Watt. He could be seen screaming from his suite at the stadium, and stayed amped on Twitter.

Watt had been out since Week 8 with a torn pectoral muscle and was previously thought to be out for the season. The Texans got more optimistic about their former Defensive Player of the Year as the season ended, and officially activated him earlier this week.

Watt’s sack was a turning point of sorts for the Texans, who surged to score the game’s next 19 points and eventually prevailed in overtime thanks to Deshaun Watson’s miraculous play. Watt finished with just one tackle (the sack), two QB hits and one more game to play.

All of that added up to a night that Watt said made the pain of playing worthwhile.

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