Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Carter has half-sack taken away
By Mike Reiss
Veteran Patriots defensive end Andre Carter's 4.5-sack performance vs. the Jets is now a 4-sack performance. After reviewing the game, Elias Sports Bureau has determined that the second-quarter sack shared by Carter and Mark Anderson belongs solely to Anderson.
With that statistical change made, Carter slides back into a tie for the Patriots' single-game record for sacks (regular season) with Julius Adams, Tony McGee and Mike Hawkins.
Adams had four against Atlanta on Dec. 4, 1977. McGee had four against Baltimore on Nov. 16, 1978. Hawkins had four against the Jets on Sept. 9. 1979.
On the Carter/Anderson sack that has been changed, it came on a second-and-7 play.
Anderson made a spin move on right tackle Wayne Hunter and split the help of right guard Brandon Moore. While his pressure seemed most disruptive and he did the bulk of the work in bringing Mark Sanchez down, Carter was coming in off the opposite edge and helped finish Sanchez off.
At the time of the play, NBC play-by-play announcer Al Michaels said, "We'll see how they rule that officially. They could give each a half."