Jacksonville secures Wild Card win over Los Angeles after daring play calls in fourth quarter

Jacksonville secures Wild Card win over Los Angeles after daring play calls in fourth quarter

Jacksonville secures Wild Card win over Los Angeles after daring play calls in fourth quarter

With a 36-yard field goal from kicker Riley Patterson as time expired, the Jacksonville Jaguars completed a 27-point comeback to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 31-30 in Super Wild Card weekend. The Jaguars advance to the AFC Divisional Round with the win, and they did so after looking almost out of the game in the second quarter.

“It’s just what I told them at halftime, it’s kind of like our season. We got into trouble sometimes and we got out of it,” head coach Doug said. Pederson in his post-game press. conference. “Just to have the resilience and the fight and the desire and the ability to keep playing because it could have easily gone the other way. And that’s why I’m so proud of those guys, everything was at stake and they go out and do the job.”

After losing five turnovers, including four first-half interceptions by Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence, things were already looking dire with Jacksonville facing a four-point deficit heading into halftime. But with two minutes left in the second quarter, Lawrence and the Jaguars offense walked downfield for a 47-yard touchdown, getting on the scoreboard before the break and showing they wouldn’t sit and accept the game was already lost.

That scoring campaign kicked off Jacksonville’s second-half effort to get back in the game and erase Los Angeles’ lead. The Jags’ defense stepped up and limited the Chargers to just three points and zero red-zone trips in the final 30 minutes, and Lawrence rallied his offense to scores on all four of their second-mid drives. -time to close the gap and finally overtake the lead.

“I told the caucus guys there were no 27-point games. It’s going to be one game at a time. That’s what it took, one game at a time, the whole down the court, just over and over and over,” Laurent said. “All we can do at this stage is just try to score every shot and then trust our defence. If they stop, great; it gives us another chance to score. S “They don’t, that’s perfect; we’ll get the ball back and score again. So that was our mindset.”

After attempting and missing a two-point conversion on a touchdown late in the third quarter, Pederson had another decision to make after a touchdown with five-and-a-half minutes remaining put Jacksonville within four heading into the additional point.

An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Chargers outside linebacker Joey Bosa meant the Jaguars could run a 2-point attempt from the 1-yard line. Pederson said he probably wouldn’t have taken the shot without the penalty, but with just three feet to go he made the choice to go for a simple two-point conversion. And his decision paid off, as all Lawrence had to do was jump over his offensive line and stretch the ball until it crossed the goal line, and the attempt was a good one.

“There was never a doubt. Never a doubt. I trust the players. I trust our decision. I felt good about our call that we had,” Pederson said. “You go into those moments, and you listen to your confidence in those players, and you want to win the football game. You want to do it for them, and they fought for there to be no hesitation about that. .”

The defense secured another save from the Chargers, forcing a three-and-out to regain possession with just over three minutes remaining and the successful conversion meaning a field goal would win it, not just send them into overtime with an equal score. . Practice seemed in danger of being stopped outside the FG lineup, however, fourth and first for Jacksonville after seven games, and it was time for the Jaguars to put their season on the back of their best play call.

But Pederson called timeout just before the snap to change the game after he didn’t like what he saw, and again it turned out to be the right call because after timeout the carrier ball Travis Etienne took the transfer and ran around the outside stack for the first down and 24 extra yards. The run kept the drive alive and set up a short field goal attempt for Patterson to secure the comeback.

“[Pederson] got the call again, and just put the ball in Travis’ hands, and he makes a play like that, wins the game for us basically,” Lawrence said. “Of course, Riley [Patterson] won the game, but putting us in position there. It takes a lot of guts there, a fourth and one and a game down the line, and just the guys up front, they just crushed them. They put the edge on, and Travis was rolling.”

And so, after not leading for the first 59:57 of Saturday’s game, Patterson’s kick went through the uprights as the clock hit zero and the Jaguars rushed onto the field, celebrating the achievement of the resurgence of 27 points despite the odds being stacked against them early.

“I mean the odds, I told the boys, I don’t like my odds but I like my odds,” linebacker Foye Oluokun said after the game. “As long as there is a small probability of winning, we will keep fighting.”

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