HOUSTON (AP) With one mighty swat, J.J. Watt knocked down Andy Dalton‘s pass, intercepted it and returned it for a touchdown in last year’s playoff win over Cincinnati for one of the biggest plays in Texans history.
A year later, the second-year defensive end is one of the league’s top defenders, and he’ll need another big game to help Houston – which lost three of its last four regular season games – regain its form in a wild-card playoff rematch against Cincinnati.
Watt wasn’t too keen on reliving that play Tuesday, though.
“That was last year and this is this year,” he said. “I have things to focus on this year. It was a great play, a huge moment in my life, but I’m looking forward to making bigger moments this year.”
He’s had plenty of them so far this season, leading the NFL with 20 1/2 sacks. He also had 39 tackles for loss, 16 passes defended, 107 tackles and four forced fumbles.
“You are watching something special,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “If you probably went and broke down what’s happened over a period of the first two years in this league for a player, I’m not sure many guys could put up the numbers he’s put up.”