HOUSTON -- Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month after leading the NFL in sacks and forced fumbles in December.
Watt’s six sacks in December increased his NFL-leading total to 20.5 on the season. He became the ninth player in NFL history to record 20 or more sacks in a season. Watt forced a fumble in four consecutive games to tie a franchise single-season record.
Houston’s division-clinching game against Indianapolis in Week 15 marked Watt’s seventh multi-sack game of the season.
In the regular season finale at Indianapolis, Watt recorded his 16th pass defensed of the season to establish an NFL record for a defensive lineman. He is the only player in NFL history to record at least 15 sacks and 15 passes defensed in the same season.
Watt is the third Texan to win multiple player of the month honors, joining RB Arian Foster (October 2011, September 2010) and WR Andre Johnson (October 2008, November 2012). Watt was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for September when he led the NFL in sacks (7.5). He is the first Texan to win the player of the month award twice in one season.