By JERRY TAPP
Atlanta’s Adrian Clayborn on Sunday became the fourth player to get six or more sacks in game. (Note: Sacks became an official stat in 1982.)
There have been five games since 1982 where a player had six or more sacks; Kansas City’s Derrick Thomas did it twice in his career (he also holds the league record for most sacks in a contest with seven). The five games:
Adrian Clayborn, Atlanta, 2017 (six sacks)
Osi Umenyiora, N.Y. Giants, 2007 (six sacks)
Derrick Thomas, Kansas City, 1998 (six sacks)
Derrick Thomas, Kansas City, 1990 (seven sacks)
Fred Dean, San Francisco, 1983 (six sacks)
There have been 16 games since ’82 where a player had five or more sacks. Teams were 13-3 in those games.
Since 1982 there have been 96 players who had four or more sacks in an NFL game. Derrick Thomas and Leslie O’Neal each had four such games in their careers; Reggie White had three games in his career where he had four or more sacks.