Jacksonville Jaguars beat Los Angeles Chargers 31-30: Trevor Lawrence leads stunning comeback win after four first-half picks
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Last Updated: 15/01/23 1:09pm
Trevor Lawrence followed four first-half interceptions with four touchdown passes as the Jacksonville Jaguars pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in NFL postseason history in rallying from 27 points down to stun the Los Angeles Chargers in their Super Wild Card Weekend matchup.
Story of the Game
Lawrence engineered the game-winning drive, one highlighted by a crucial 25-yard run by Travis Etienne on a fourth-and-one play that helped put the Jaguars field goal position.
Riley Patterson then kicked a 36-yard field goal as time expired to cap a stunning turnaround, the third-largest comeback win in NFL playoff history.
The Buffalo Bills famously rallied from 32 down to beat the Houston Oilers in a 1992 wild card game, while the Indianapolis Colts came back from a 28 points down to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the same round in 2013.
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Asante Samuel Jr. had intercepted three of Lawrence's four picks, while Austin Ekeler rushed in for two first-half scores for the fifth-seeded Chargers.
|Chargers 7-0 Jaguars||Austin Ekeler six-yard TD run (extra point)|
|Chargers 10-0 Jaguars||Cameron Dicker 22-yard field goal|
|Chargers 17-0 Jaguars||Austin Ekeler six-yard TD run (extra point)|
|Chargers 24-0 Jaguars||Justin Herbert nine-yard TD pass to Gerald Everett (extra point)|
|Chargers 27-0 Jaguars||Cameron Dicker 22-yard field goal|
|Chargers 27-7 Jaguars||Trevor Lawrence nine-yard TD pass to Evan Engram (extra point)|
|Chargers 27-14 Jaguars||Trevor Lawrence six-yard TD pass to Marvin Jones Jr. (extra point)|
|Chargers 30-14 Jaguars||Cameron Dicker 50-yard field goal|
|Chargers 30-20 Jaguars||Trevor Lawrence 39-yard TD pass to Zay Jones (failed two-point conversion)|
|Chargers 30-28 Jaguars||Trevor Lawrence nine-yard TD pass to Christian Kirk (extra point)|
|Chargers 30-31 Jaguars||Riley Patterson 33-yard field goal|
Justin Herbert also passed for 273 yards and one touchdown for the Chargers as they built a handy 27-7 lead before the break. Cameron Dicker kicked three field goals, but the final one ended up being the only points the Chargers put up in the second half as the Jaguars came storming back
Evan Engram, Marvin Jones and Zay Jones all caught touchdown passes for the Jaguars, Engram's finally getting them on the scoreboard with 24 seconds left in the first half.
The hosts moved closer still to the Chargers after a six-yard scoring strike from Lawrence to Jones with just over five minutes left in the third quarter.
Dicker booted a 50-yard field to give Los Angeles a 16-point lead later in the third quarter, but Jacksonville struck again as Lawrence connected on a 39-yard scoring pass to Zay Jones with 44 seconds remaining in the third - the subsequent two-point conversion failing, however, meaning the Jags still trailed by 10.
Then, with five and a half minutes remaining in the entire game, a gutsy call by head coach Doug Pederson saw Jacksonville move to within two at 30-28, as this time they did convert on a two-point try following Lawrence's nine-yard TD strike to Christian Kirk.
It left Jacksonville within striking distance of the win, needing only a field goal to book their spot in next week's divisional round, rather than take the game to overtime. And, in the final throes of the game, Patterson's kick sailed through the uprights to ensure precisely that reality.
- Passing: Justin Herbert, 25/43, 273 yards, 1 TD
- Rushing: Austin Ekeler, 13 carries, 35 yards, 2 TDs
- Receiving: Gerald Everett, six catches, 109 yards, 1 TD
- Passing: Trevor Lawrence, 28/47, 288 yards, 4 TDs, 4 INTs
- Rushing: Travis Etienne Jr., 20 carries, 109 yards
- Receiving: Evan Engram, seven catches, 93 yards, 1 TD
What they said: 'You couldn't write a crazier script... we never lost belief'
Jaguars quarterback, Trevor Lawrence: "You couldn't write a crazier script... I'm kind of speechless, honestly,
"I didn't have a choice. If we were going to win that game, digging ourselves a hole like that, you've got to score a lot of points. By doing that, your quarterback has got to play well - so I clearly didn't have much of a choice.
"These guys have sacrificed way too much for me to be the reason we lose an opportunity. That's what I was thinking about. I know I'm going to make the plays, I've just got to get back on track.
"We never wavered, never lost belief. Coach didn't lose belief in us. And that's how we dug our way out of it. I threw four picks in the first half and those guys beside me on offense and the guys on the other side of the ball, they never lost faith in me."
Jaguars head coach, Doug Pederson: "That's what I love about Trevor. His demeanour and his aggressiveness and the ability to just forget and move on. But he'll be the first one to tell you that it's not about him. It's the guys around him too, who made plays.
"But, from an individual standpoint, this was really a great performance by our quarterback."
Chargers head coach, Brandon Staley: "Any time you're up 27-7 at half-time and you've got four takeaways, and you end up winning the takeaway margin [5-0], it's gonna be a killer. I'm hurting for everybody in that locker room.
"This is the toughest way that you can lose, in the playoffs. And certainly with the way we started the game, that's the team that I know that we're capable of in. In the second half, we just didn't finish the game
"Our season is over, but I love everybody in that locker room and this was a step for us - we're going to grow a lot from it."
The NFL playoffs continue on Sunday, live on Sky Sports NFL, with a Super Wild Card Weekend triple-header.
The Buffalo Bills first host the Miami Dolphins (kick-off, 6pm), before the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants do battle at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (kick-off, 9.30pm). The evening wraps up with the Baltimore Ravens' visit to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday Night Football (kick-off, 1.15am).
The wild card round then concludes on Monday night as Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host 'America's Team', the Dallas Cowboys, live on Sky Sports NFL from 1.15am early on Tuesday morning.
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