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A 27-0 lead went up in smoke Saturday as the Los Angeles Chargers saw its four-ranking edge evaporate en route to a 31-30 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday within the AFC Wild Card round.
The Chargers amassed four interceptions of Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence within the main 22 minutes of the game, including three from cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. by myself.
ASANTE SAMUEL JR’S THIRD INT OF THE HALF! #SuperWildCard
L.A. parlayed these turnovers precise into a 27-0 edge thanks to a pair of Austin Ekeler touchdowns, a Justin Herbert 9-yard toss to Gerald Everett and two Cameron Dicker field targets.
The relaxation of the game proved disastrous for the Chargers, who were gashed on the ground (20 carries for 109 speeding yards for working succor Travis Etienne) and during the air (288 passing yards and 4 touchdowns for Lawrence).
The Jags scored a late first-half touchdown courtesy of a 9-yard cross from Lawrence to tight end Evan Engram. They then proceeded to ranking on all four of their 2d-half drives with three touchdowns and a game-winning 36-yard field plot from Riley Patterson.
Oddly ample, the Bolts didn’t gain themselves having too worthy bother provocative the ball within the 2d half on three of their four drives. L.A. bought the ball to launch up the 2d half and moved the total manner all the manner down to the Jacksonville 38-yard line earlier to stalling out. The Chargers then had field plot makes an try on their subsequent two drives, with Dicker making one from 50 earlier to lacking one from 40.
Alternatively, a costly three-and-out on their final possession resulted in the Jags’ game-winning field plot.
The events main as a lot as that final 2d will likely be remembered all offseason.
Four-time Skilled Bowler Joey Bosa took off his helmet and threw it on the sector after it appears to be like getting offended on a no-demand a withhold throughout the play the place Lawrence came upon Christian Kirk for a 9-yard ranking to personal it a 30-26 game. Head coach Brandon Staley used to be considered handing the helmet succor to Bosa, who proceeded to break it on the sidelines.
Bosa bought known as for unsportsmanlike habits after the main helmet toss. The Jags opted to plot shut the penalty on the point-after strive and went for two, the place Lawrence reached over the plot line for the ranking.
After getting the ball succor following a 3-and-out, the Jaguars faced a 4th-and-1 from the Bolts’ 41-yard line with Bosa on the bench. Etienne then ran around the magnificent edge for 25 yards, and Riley Patterson ended this one with a 36-yard boot.
And with that, the Chargers came upon themselves on the depraved end of the third-excellent playoff crumple in NFL postseason history despite winning the turnover battle 5-0.
L.A. had anxiousness provocative the ball on the ground (23 carries, 67 yards) despite the proven truth that they came upon extra success during the air (25-of-43 for 273 yards and one touchdown for Justin Herbert). However the Bolts could presumably well want earlier the companies of Mike Williams, who conducted in Week 18 towards the Denver Broncos despite that matchup having no significance on the group’s playoff seeding. Williams suffered a fracture in his succor and overlooked the playoff game.
Within the end, this used to be nothing quick of a cataclysmic loss for the franchise inclined for inexplicable regular-season and playoff losses in its history, as eminent by Twitter.
John McClain @McClain_on_NFL
What a choke job by the Chargers. Who end they judge they’re? The Colts?
Chris Vannini @ChrisVannini
Steve Wyche @wyche89
The Chargers receive a sure doubtful history of no longer closing out video games. This would presumably well enter the tip 3 of most doubtful – and that ain’t appropriate.
Jeff Kerr @JeffKerrCBS
Rich Eisen @richeisen
Playoff teams to be up in turnover differential by 5 or extra are now 26-1 in such video games.
Daniel Popper @danielrpopper
FINAL: Jaguars 31, Chargers 30
An epic, cataclysmic crumple on the excellent stage.
I with out a doubt receive no phrases. But I could gain them.
Chris Simms @CSimmsQB
Here’s why the scoot game is so important. Must you receive got a mountainous lead, you will likely be ready to lean on it.
After going up 27-0, the Chargers known as 25 cross plays and just appropriate 8 scoot plays.
The Bolts receive now made 15 playoff appearances since 1979 with out ever making the Trim Bowl.
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