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A look back at J.J. Watt's most notable games

J.J. Watt's decade in Houston saw him rack up 101 sacks, three AP Defensive Player of the Year awards and 172 tackles for loss. Before he arrived, the Texans had never been to the playoffs. Once he got here, Houston was in the postseason six times in nine seasons.

His interception return for a touchdown against the Bengals in the franchise's first playoff game, remains the most important play in club history.

Throughout his 10 years as a Texan, Watt dazzled.

Here's a partial list of those moments.

9/25/11 at New Orleans: Watt picked up his first career sack when he dropped Drew Brees for a loss of nine yards in the second quarter

11/26/11 at Jacksonville: On a day when rookie quarterback T.J. Yates comes off the bench for an injured Matt Leinart, Watt tallied his first career 2-sack game, and also batted down a pass in the Texans' victory.

1/7/12 vs. Cincinnati: In his first appearance in the playoffs in the Wild Card Game, Watt logged 1.0 sack and an interception that he returned for a touchdown.

1/15/12 at Baltimore: Watt notched 12 total tackles (nine solo), 2.5 sacks, three tackles for loss and three quarterback hits in his second ever playoff game.

9/23/12 at Denver: Watt sacked Peyton Manning 2.5 times and logged four tackles for loss in a road win over the Broncos.

11/22/12 at Detroit: He notched his first-career 3.0 sack game on Thanksgiving at Detroit and also added two passes defensed.

12/16/12 vs. Indianapolis: Watt set a career-best mark with six tackles for loss while adding 10 total tackles, 3.0 sacks and a forced fumble to bring him to 19.5 sacks on the season.

11/10/13 at Arizona: He added 1.0 sack, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

9/14/14 at Oakland: Watt became the first defensive player in franchise history to score from scrimmage on a one-yard touchdown reception.

9/28/14 vs. Buffalo: Watt intercepted a pass and took it 80 yards for a touchdown and had a career-best nine quarterback hits.

10/9/14 vs. Indianapolis: He returned a fumble 45 yards for a score, notched two sacks, three tackles for loss and three pass deflections.

11/16/14 at Cleveland: Watt caught a touchdown pass, logged a sack, three tackles for loss, forced and recovered a fumble.

12/21/14 vs. Baltimore: He became the franchise's all-time sack leader when he sacked Joe Flacco on fourth-and-10 in the fourth quarter.

12/28/14 vs. Jacksonville: Watt totaled 3.0 sacks, a forced fumble and a safety to reach at least 20.0 sacks on a season for the second time in three seasons.

11/1/15 vs. Tennessee: He notched 2.5 sacks, a single-game high 10 quarterback hits and one forced fumble.

1/3/16 vs. Jacksonville: Watt recorded 3.0 sacks, two passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery to give him his third season with at least 15.0 sacks.

9/23/18 vs. NY Giants: He returned from two injury-riddled seasons to log eight total tackles (four solo), 3.0 sacks and a forced fumble.

9/30/18 at Indianapolis: Watt totaled 2.0 sacks and two forced fumbles as part of the team's comeback victory against the Colts.

1/4/20 vs. Buffalo: He returned from the Reserve/Injured list to lead a comeback victory in the Wild Card Round vs. the Bills when he notched 1.0 sack, one tackle for loss and two quarterback hits.

11/8/20 at Jacksonville: Watt strip-sacked Jake Luton to become the fourth-fastest player in NFL history to 100.0 sacks.

11/26/20 at Detroit: He intercepted Matthew Stafford and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown on Thanksgiving, becoming only the third defensive lineman to do so on Thanksgiving since 1950.

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