VIDEO: Remembering JJ Watt's Pick Six Against Andy Dalton as a Rookie in the Franchise's First Ever Playoff Game

By michael obermuller
J.J. Watt robbed Andy Dalton as he pulled this one down out of mid-air for a touchdown in the 2011 playoff game.
J.J. Watt robbed Andy Dalton as he pulled this one down out of mid-air for a touchdown in the 2011 playoff game. / NBC, MFreak on Reddit
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We all know who J.J. Watt has become as we approach the NFL season in 2020, but in 2011 the rookie defensive end was just starting to make a name for himself. This play on a pass by Andy Dalton helped grow that brand in a huge way.

This is absolutely insane. The wherewithal to see the ball being passed, jump off the block, and then somehow hold onto the ball for an interception at that close of a range is ridiculous. Plays like this made Watt famous and were early signs of why he is now one of the most feared pass-rushers of his generation.

Ironically, J.J. has only had one other interception in his entire career, during a regular-season game in 2014. He took that one to the house as well. That's exactly the type of player Watt is though, he steps up in the clutch and leads by example, even as a rookie.

This was the Houston Texans first playoff game ever as a franchise, Watt's too, but he didn't let the Cincinnati Bengals or the moment intimidate him. He just played like the warrior he is.


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