After tying the franchise sack record for the Falcons earlier tonight, Adrian Clayborn just broke it with his sixth sack and second forced fumble. I’m speechless, because we’re watching history happen in real time, and that kind of impressive defensive history never happens for Atlanta.
Facing off against a depleted, overmatched Dallas offensive line, Clayborn has played the absolute game of his life. His sixth sack was a strip of Dak Prescott as his arm was pulling back to throw, and it was picked up by Takkarist McKinley to basically seal the win. Clayborn will probably fall just one shy of the all-time NFL record, and he’s the first man to reach six sacks since Osi Umenyiora (when he was with the Giants). It’s an unbelievable performance that can’t possibly get enough recognition, and it may be the single most impressive game a defensive play not named Aaron Donald or Jalen Ramsey put together this year.
Congratulations, Adrian Clayborn! I hope Thomas Dimitroff is working up that contract extension as we speak.