J.J. Watt: 5 Most memorable Houston Texans games

J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 26: J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

5. J.J. Watt Memorable Games: Nov. 22, 2012 at Detroit Lions

By November of J.J. Watt’s sophomore season, he had already firmly established himself as a superstar. The 2012 campaign was arguably the best season of Watt’s career, as he tallied 20.5 sacks and a whopping 39 tackles for loss on his way to winning his first of three Defensive Player of the Year awards.

You could select a number of games from the 2012 season to add to this list, but my personal favorite was Watt’s Thanksgiving feast against the Detroit Lions.

Houston entered the matchup with one of the most impressive records in the league at 9-1. It did not seem like the 4-6 Lions would pose much of a threat to Houston’s playoff-bound roster.

What ensued was a Thanksgiving classic. The Houston Texans found themselves trailing by 10 points past the halfway mark of the third quarter, and they ended up pulling off a miraculous come-from-behind win in overtime.

As per standard, J.J. Watt was absolutely dominant in this matchup. The final tally was 10 total tackles with three sacks, two of which came in the fourth quarter. Watt also accumulated two pass deflections and five quarterback hits on the afternoon.

This was one of Watt’s many memorable performances during one of the best seasons in Texans’ history. Watching Watt lead the Texans defense to an improbable comeback win on national television was exhilarating.