It wasn't a successful afternoon for the Pittsburgh Steelers on the occasion of their 2023 regular season opener. But it was a historic one.
The Steelers lost, 30-7, to the 49ers on Sunday at Acrisure Stadium with a performance that proved to be lacking in all three phases while serving as a major disappointment after a preseason that offered much hope and promise. There are no such things as moral victories or silver linings during an NFL regular season, but there was a bit of history for the Steelers.
With 3 sacks, T.J. Watt now has 80.5 for his career, which ties him with James Harrison for the top spot in franchise history in that category. Watt finished the game with 5 tackles, including 1 for loss in the running game, plus 3 sacks, 5 hurries, 1 pass defensed, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery. Watt is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.