And all of us thought we would seen the height of “Charging.”
Not even shut. What the Los Angeles Chargers did Saturday night time makes all their different bizarre losses look tame.
You cannot lead 27-0, after forcing 4 first-half interceptions, and lose. But that is the Chargers. It’s a franchise that finds methods to shock us, and never in a great way.
The Jacksonville Jaguars got here all the best way again from one of many worst begins to a playoff recreation you may ever see, with Trevor Lawrence shaking off 4 early interceptions to throw 4 touchdowns and in addition lead a game-winning drive within the ultimate minutes. On an important name, the Jaguars did not sneak it on fourth-and-inches however gave it to Travis Etienne on an outdoor run for 25 yards. That arrange a field-goal try and Riley Patterson nailed it as time expired. Unbelievably, the Jaguars are shifting on within the playoffs after the 31-30 win within the wild-card spherical.
According to NFL Researchit is the third-biggest comeback in NFL playoff historical past, the most important comeback win in Jaguars historical past and the most important blown lead in Chargers historical past.
Late within the first half, the Chargers might by no means have imagined that their season would finish Saturday night time in Jacksonville. But, “Charging” occurred, and to an extent we have by no means seen earlier than.
Chargers have a dream 1st quarter
The recreation could not have began higher for the Chargers. Lawrence’s first profession playoff move was tipped on the line, tipped once more and picked off by linebacker Drue Tranquill. The Chargers took over deep in Jaguars territory and Austin Ekeler scored on the Chargers’ second offensive play, getting in the long run zone on a 13-yard run. The recreation wasn’t two minutes previous and the Chargers led 7-0.
On the Jaguars’ subsequent drive, they went for it on fourth-and-7 as an alternative of attempting a 51-yard discipline objective. And Lawrence was picked off once more. Samuel held up Zay Jones, however no penalty was known as. Jones was sluggish to flip round and Samuel intercepted Lawrence’s move. The Jaguars held the Chargers to a discipline objective on the following drive, however it was nonetheless 10-0 a couple of minutes into the sport.
The avalanche saved coming. Lawrence threw a horrible interception to Samuel that changed into one other Ekeler landing. Samuel acquired a hat trick within the second quarter. Lawrence was the primary quarterback to throw three interceptions within the first quarter of a playoff recreation since play-by-play knowledge was first tracked in 1991, in accordance to Jeff Kerr of CBS.
By the time the Chargers recovered a muffed punt that bounced off the helmet of a Jaguars participant, which led to a discipline objective and a 27-0 lead, loads of TV viewers have been discovering a film to watch. Lawrence’s line at that second was 4-of-16 for 30 yards, no touchdowns and 4 interceptions. It did not look like there was any means the Jaguars would make it a recreation within the second half.
Then, those that saved the sport on had a purpose to have an interest.
Jaguars have an enormous rally
The Jaguars acquired again within the recreation. They scored close to the tip of the second quarter and once more early within the third quarter to reduce the Chargers’ lead to 27-14. Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson missed the possibility to problem a 25-yard catch by Gerald Everett that he dropped however the officers missed it. Pederson did not problem and it arrange a discipline objective. Lawrence hit Zay Jones for an extended landing however the two-point conversion was unsuccessful and the Chargers nonetheless led 30-20.
It appeared just like the Jaguars won’t recover from the hump, however the Chargers could not put them away. Kicker Cameron Dicker missed a 40-yard try. The Jaguars drove downfield and, with the assistance of a missed false begin name, Lawrence hit Christian Kirk for a landing. Joey Bosa threw his helmet after the missed name and drew a penalty. That introduced the ball half the space to the objective line and the Jaguars went for it. That was an enormous play as a result of the Jaguars trailed by two factors with loads of time left. Then the Chargers had a fast three-and-out and punted.
The Jaguars had 3:09 to go, beginning at their very own 21. For all the early interceptions, Lawrence had an opportunity to lead one drive and full one of many largest comeback wins in NFL historical past. Lawrence hit some passes. Etienne had an enormous 25-yard run on fourth-and-inches. That arrange Patterson for a straightforward discipline objective.
The Jaguars are shifting on within the playoffs. The Chargers will not recover from this loss anytime quickly.