AFC South Reporter
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — This Jaguars’ season has been outlined by overcoming adversity.
In the spring, Jacksonville overcame the unhealthy habits of a years-long dropping tradition. During the common season, the group overcame a 2-6 begin to win the AFC South in beautiful vogue.
Now, it is overcome an insurmountable deficit to maintain its unlikely season alive.
In a playoff comeback for the ages, the Jaguars overcame a 27-0 deficit within the first half to beat the Chargers 31-30 Saturday night time at TIAA Bank Field in an AFC wild-card sport with a 36-yard discipline aim from place kicker Riley Patterson as time expired.
The comeback was the third-largest in NFL playoff historical past. It was the most important because the Colts overcame a 28-point deficit in opposition to the Chiefs in a 2014 AFC wild-card sport.
The Jaguars advance to the divisional spherical, the place the opponent and site might be decided after Sunday’s video games. For a spot within the convention championship sport, Jacksonville will play on the highway if it faces a better seed or at house in opposition to a decrease seed.
Jacksonville’s beautiful season beneath first-year coach Doug Pederson, a Super Bowl-winning coach with the Eagles, expenses on. The group enters the divisional spherical on a six-game successful streak. The Jaguars began the 12 months 2-6, however received seven of their final 9 regular-season video games, together with Week 18 in opposition to the Titans for the AFC South title.
For the Chargers, their season involves an finish. The Bolts had been within the playoffs for the primary time since 2018.
Lawrence was not sharp within the first half, throwing 4 interceptions in his playoff debut, together with three by Asante Samuel Jr. The Chargers stormed to a 27-0 lead as Austin Ekeler ran for a pair of scores and Justin Herbert tossed a landing to Gerald Everett.
Ben Arthur is the AFC South reporter for FOX Sports. He beforehand labored for The Tennessean/USA TODAY Network, the place he was the Titans beat author for a 12 months and a half. He coated the Seattle Seahawks for SeattlePI.com for 3 seasons (2018-20) previous to transferring to Tennessee. You can observe Ben on Twitter at @benyarthur.
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