Steelers LB Nick Herbig receives a big shoutout for splash play in Week 17
Backup edge defender, Nick Herbig, played a grand total of 2 defensive snaps in the Steelers' Week 17 win over the Seattle Seahawks. But just like he often seems to do, Herbig made his presence felt in a big way. The 22-year-old rookie made beat the chip block and executed an excellent club-rip move to get underneath Seahawks former first-round offensive tackle, Charles Cross.
This incredible play to split the initial chip block resulted in a game-changing strip sack (which Herbig recovered). This gave the Steelers the ball back late in the game and proved to be the final nail in the coffin to Seattle. From here, Pittsburgh's offense was able to run the clock down and secure the 30-23 victory (which could have been larger if Najee Harris had not unselfishly given himself up near the goal line to milk the clock down to zero).
Herbig's play was recognized on Good Morning Football as one of Peter Schrager's 'Fabulous Five' plays of the week. Herbig hasn't gotten many opportunities to showcase his skills this year -- which is to be expected with T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith starting. However, the undersized rookie pass rusher has been thoroughly impressive when called upon.
With this splash play, Herbig now has 27 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 5 tackles for a loss, and 2 forced fumbles on the season -- all of this coming on just 178 total defensive snaps, per Pro Football Reference. Herbig has been a big-play machine in limited action as a rookie.