For New York Giants fans following the race for the NFL's single-season sack record, last week was a nerve-racking one. Houston Texans' defensive tackle J.J. Watt need only 2.5 sacks, while San Francisco 49ers' defensive end Aldon Smith remained in contention, needing 3.5 sacks to surpass Michael Strahan's record of 22.5 sacks in one season. But after the conclusion of the regular season, Strahan's record stands alone, unscathed.
Strahan's record came with some controversy after it appeared Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre purposely fell down in front of him, giving him an easy sack, putting him in the record books. Many were hoping to see either Watt or Smith come through last week, and become the all time sack leader. One of those people was Mark Gastineau, the man who held the record prior to Strahan breaking it.
“Well, like I said, I really haven’t been keeping up on it,” Gastineau told Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic. “If somebody does get the record, though, I would acknowledge him in a respectful way and that would be almost something I would really enjoy, to see him get a record that he deserves. It would be nice if there was no negativity toward it.”
Strahan's 22.5 sacks has gone 12 years without being broken, though the last two seasons it has come close to being broken. Jared Allen came close last season coming a half sack short with 22. This year it was J.J. Watt and Aldon Smith who came closest, but both fell short, after being shut out in the last week of the season.
Despite the question marks some fans associate with Strahan's record, his tally of 22.5 sacks will continue to be the number to beat in the future.
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