How Trevor Lawrence overcame a historic poor start to lead the Jaguars to one of the greatest playoff comebacks of all time

How Trevor Lawrence overcame a historic poor start to lead the Jaguars to one of the greatest playoff comebacks of all time

How Trevor Lawrence overcame a historic poor start to lead the Jaguars to one of the greatest playoff comebacks of all time

Trevor Lawrence had the worst playoff start since Craig Morton in Super Bowl XII, becoming the first quarterback since Morton to throw four interceptions in the first half. The difference between Lawrence and Morton? Lawrence was able to lead his team to one of Greatest comebacks in NFL playoff history.

Lawrence finished 28 of 47 for 288 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions (70.2 rating) as the Jacksonville Jaguars erased a 27-point deficit in a thrilling 31-30 comeback against the Los Angeles Chargers, a game in which the Jaguars quarterback was on pace to have the worst postseason game in NFL history.

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Lawrence threw three interceptions in the first quarter of his playoff debut and became the first player with more than three interceptions in a playoff quarter since Carson Palmer had three in the fourth quarter of the 2015 NFC Championship Game against the Carolina Panthers. He threw an interception on his first playoff attempt, the first player to do so since Aaron Rodgers in 2009.

The first half performance was so poor that Asante Samuel Jr. – who had three interceptions in the first half – had more passes on Lawrence than any other Jaguars player. Lawrence had a 0.6 passer rating late in the first quarter, during which he went 4 of 13 for 30 yards and three interceptions.

Lawrence was no better until the warning two minutes before halftime. He was 5 of 18 for 35 yards without a touchdown and four interceptions as the Jaguars trailed, 27-0. Lawrence’s passer rating was 0.0.

Then the game changed. Here are Lawerence’s numbers before the two-minute first-half warning and the rest of the game.

Trevor Lawrence vs. The Chargers

Point differential

-27

+28

Completions/attempts

5/18

23/29

pass the yards

35

253

TD-INT

0-4

4-0

Passer ranking

0.0

142.6

The Jaguars outscored the Chargers, 31-3, the rest of the way, scoring touchdowns on four straight possessions – during which Lawrence threw a touchdown pass to four different receivers in the process. Jacksonville scored on its last five possessions, capped by Riley Patterson’s 36-yard field goal as time expired to pull off the upset.

In the fourth quarter, Lawrence went 8 of 12 for 93 yards and a touchdown (117.7 rating) to lead Jacksonville to the biggest comeback in franchise history. Lawrence threw four touchdowns for only the second time in his career and threw touchdowns on four consecutive possessions for the first time in his career.

The Jaguars needed Lawrence to play his best to have any chance of completing their frantic comeback. Luckily for Lawrence, that performance was a tale of two halves – the latter barely good enough to pull the Jaguars out of a 27-point hole.

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