Cardinals' JJ Watt critically sums up season: 'It was a massive failure'

Watt was activated off the injured reserve in the days leading up to the game. He missed several games after suffering a shoulder injury in Week 7. It was initially believed to be of the season-ending variety but he was able to make a stunning return for the playoff game.

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文件 - An injured Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 14, 2021, in Glendale, 阿里兹.

文件 – An injured Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 14, 2021, in Glendale, 阿里兹. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb, 文件)

He had three tackles but Arizona lost 34-11.

The Cardinals made their first playoff appearance since the 2015 季节. The team started 7-0 and won four games after that to finish second in the NFC West to the Rams and get to the playoffs.

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一句话. 瓦 #99 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at SoFi Stadium on January 17, 2022 (英格尔伍德), 加利福尼亚州.

一句话. 瓦 #99 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at SoFi Stadium on January 17, 2022 (英格尔伍德), 加利福尼亚州. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

But the early playoff exit wasn’t what Watt was hoping for.

It was a massive failure, from what we were capable of doing, to what we showed we can do, to today. There is no other way to describe it,” Watt said, 通过 团队的网站.

Watt finished the season with 16 tackles and one sack – one of the lowest totals of his career.

一句话. 瓦 #99 of the Arizona Cardinals looks on from the sidelines against the Los Angeles Rams during the third quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at SoFi Stadium on January 17, 2022 (英格尔伍德), 加利福尼亚州.

一句话. 瓦 #99 of the Arizona Cardinals looks on from the sidelines against the Los Angeles Rams during the third quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at SoFi Stadium on January 17, 2022 (英格尔伍德), 加利福尼亚州. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

He signed with Arizona in the offseason through the 2022 季节. The Cardinals will owe him $ 11.2 百万.

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