Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence historically got off to a bad start in the NFL playoffs with three first-quarter picks

Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence historically got off to a bad start in the NFL playoffs with three first-quarter picks

Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence historically got off to a bad start in the NFL playoffs with three first-quarter picks

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Trevor Lawrence isn’t having a great start to his NFL playoff career. The Jaguars quarterback was extremely loose with the football and threw three interceptions in the first quarter of Jacksonville’s Super Wild Card weekend game with the Los Angeles Chargers, which put his club in a 24 hole. -0. He has four choices in the first half.

Lawrence became the fifth quarterback since 1991 to have three interceptions in a playoff quarter, and the first since Carson Palmer in 2015 against the Panthers. Ben Roethlisberger (2007 vs. the Jaguars), Brett Favre (2001 vs. the Rams) and Stan Humphries (1992 vs. the Dolphins) were the other callers to throw as many picks in a quarterback as Lawrence did on Saturday night. However, Lawrence is the only quarterback among those players to throw those picks in the first quarter.

The first pick came on the second game of the game. Lawrence threw a second pass and 10 down the right side of the field. The ball was reversed at the line of scrimmage and eventually recovered by Drue Tranquill. It put the ball deep in Jacksonville territory and took just two plays before Austin Ekeler ran for a 13-yard touchdown to go up 7-0.

On the ensuing Jacksonville possession, Lawrence tried to throw a ball to Zay Jones, but Asante Samuel Jr. was able to jump in front to create the turnover. Jones could be seen pressing for pass interference, but officials deemed no contact worthy enough to draw a flag. After this pick, the Chargers would eventually score a field goal to go up 10-0.

The Jaguars offense went three times on their next possession, but Samuel then managed to get the better of Lawrence on the fourth drive of the night, pulling him out by simply jumping the road on a pass intended for tight end Evan Engram. . Similar to the interception in the early drives of the game, the Chargers got the ball back into Jacksonville territory and Ekeler eventually found his way into the end zone for his second touchdown of the night.

Samuel, meanwhile, was sensational for the Chargers as he made three interceptions in the first half as he tries to propel his team to the divisional round.

Lawrence went 4 of 13 for 30 yards and those three picks in the first quarter. His 0.6 passer rating is the worst playoff all-timer for any team since David Garrard (0.0) for the Jaguars in the fourth quarter against the Steelers in 2007 (min. 10 attempts).

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