NFL Playoffs: Jaguars come all the way back to Chargers

Jacksonville quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw four interceptions and the Jaguars lost another turnover on a punt as the Los Angeles Chargers built a 27-point lead in the first half of a weekend Super Wild Card game Saturday night.

But Jacksonville came all the way back to a 31-30 win sealed by a field goal in the final snap of the AFC playoff contest.

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By the time Chargers cornerback Asante Samuel got his third interception and Los Angeles’ fourth in the first half at 6:51 in the second quarter, Lawrence had completed 4 of 15 passes for 30 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions.

But with the Jaguars trailing 27-0, Lawrence completed 24 of 32 passes for 258 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the remainder of the game as Jacksonville earned its sixth straight win.

“That’s what I love about Trevor and his demeanor and his aggressiveness and ability to just forget and move on,” said Jaguars coach Doug Pederson. “But he’ll be the first to tell you it’s not about him. It’s also the guys around him who have done plays. Protection was good. The receivers did a good job being where they needed to be.

“But from an individual perspective, it’s really a great performance from our quarterback.”

After Lawrence’s 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Christian Kirk cut Los Angeles’ 5:25 lead to 30-26, Pederson opted for a 2-point conversion as an unsportsmanlike penalty on defensive end Joey Bosa by Chargers, ended put the football at the 1-yard line. Lawrence jumped the football over the goal line to reduce the deficit to two points.

Los Angeles responded with a three-and-out, with Jacksonville recapturing the ball at their 21-yard line with 3:09 left. Running back Travis Etienne converted a fourth and a snap at the Los Angeles 41 with a 25-yard run with 37 seconds to play to set up Riley Patterson’s game-winning field goal from 36 yards.

“The strategy was just one move at a time,” Pederson said.

Six players from Alabama high schools and colleges took the field during the Los Angeles-Jacksonville game:

· Josh Allen (Abbeville) started as a weakside linebacker for the Jaguars. Allen made eight tackles, recorded a sack, had one tackle for loss, and recorded four quarterback hits.

· Gerald Everett (UAB/South Alabama) started tight for the Chargers. Everett caught six passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. Everett caught a 9-yard pass from quarterback Justin Herbert at 7:12 in the first half as Los Angeles took a 24-0 lead. In his first six NFL playoff games, Everett had three receptions for 54 yards. He had the second 100-yard game of his career on Saturday night. Everett had 136 yards on seven receptions for the Los Angeles Rams in a 30-29 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on October 3, 2019.

· Chargers long snapper Josh Harris (Auburn) snapped on five punts, four field goal attempts and three extra point kicks. Harris also knocked down a punt.

· Jaguar tight end Gerrit Prince (UAB) is on the practice team and not eligible to play.

· Jaguar wide receiver Calvin Ridley (Alabama) is suspended by the commissioner and ineligible to play.

· Jaguar’s offensive tackle Cam Robinson (Alabama) is on injured reserve and ineligible to play.

· Chargers punter JK Scott (Alabama) averaged 40.6 yards from a 39.8-yard net with five punts. Scott had a 39-yard punt at Jacksonville’s 14-yard line, a 35-yarder that hit a Jaguars blocker in the helm and was recovered by Los Angeles at the Jacksonville 6, a 34-yarder returned 4 yards to Los Angeles returned 47, a 27-yarder for a fair catch at Jacksonville 11, and a 49-yarder shot down at Jacksonville 21.

· Jaguar’s defensive end/outside linebacker Jordan Smith (UAB) is on injured reserve and ineligible to play.

Jaguars safety Daniel Thomas (Lee-Montgomery, Auburn) played but didn’t record stats.

· Jaguar safety Deionte Thompson (Alabama) is on the practice team and not eligible to play.

· Jaguars cornerback Darious Williams (UAB) made three tackles.

· Jaguars center Darryl Williams (Bessemer City) is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.

· Jaguars wide receiver Seth Williams (Paul Bryant, Auburn) is on the practice team and not eligible to play.

At 10-7, Los Angeles had a better record in the regular season than Jacksonville, who went 9-8. However, that was good enough to win the AFC South, giving the Jaguars a home game against the Wild Card Chargers in the AFC Super Wild Card round.

Jacksonville’s opponents in the Divisional Round on Sunday will be decided by the results of the other AFC first-round games. The No. 7 Miami Dolphins visit the No. 2 Buffalo Bills at 12:00 p.m. CST and the No. 6 Baltimore Ravens visit the No. 3 Cincinnati Bengals at 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

The fourth-seeded Jaguars play the surviving team with the best seed, while the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs, who received a bye in the first round, play the lowest seeded team.

Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Josh Allen tackles Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert

Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Josh Allen tackles Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert during an NFL playoff game Saturday, January 14, 2023 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Darious Williams and Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Joshua Palmer battle for a pass

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Darious Williams and Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Joshua Palmer battle for a pass Saturday, January 14, 2023 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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