Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack entered Sunday as the NFL-sack leader with 15.0 sacks, hoping to earn the honors in just his second year in the league.
But Mack would fall to second in the season-sack list before taking the field as Texans defensive end J.J. Watt recorded three against Jacksonville to finish the season with 16.5 on the season.
That meant that Mack needed to record three in the game to walk away with the title.
It was a rough go for the former University of Buffalo star all game long, as the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line did a stellar job keeping quarterback Alex Smith off of his back. The Chiefs allowed just one sack all game long, and it wasn’t to Mack.
Mack’s 15.0 sacks on the season did make him second in the NFL, which is still quite an impressive feat just two years into his NFL career. It is also just one sack short of the Raiders franchise record.
The young pass-rusher has made remarkable strides in just two years and it appears he will be a leader for the Raiders defense for years to come.