NFL: In Trevor We Trust; Jaguars Rally Past Chargers, 31-30

(SportsDay photo by Nancy DeLander Beecher)
By Mike Bonts

JACKSONVILLE (Florida Sports Wire) – Trailing 27-7 at the half, the Jacksonville Jaguars rallied to advance in the NFL AFC playoffs with a 31-30 win over Los Angeles Chargers Saturday night before 70,250 at TIAA Bank Field.

Riley Patterson kicked the winning 36-yard field goal with three seconds to play. A 25-yard run by Travis Etienne on fourth and one set up the score. Etienne ran for 109 yards on 20 carries.

The Jaguars pulled to within two with 5:25 to play when quarterback Trevor Lawrence found Christian Kirk for a nine-yard touchdown and rushed for the two-point conversion.

The game looked bleak early for the hosts as quarterback Lawrence threw four interceptions in the first half. Lawrence was 28 of 47 passing for 288 yards.

But Lawrence steadied the ship, throwing three TDs and bringing the Jaguars to within 10 points leading into the final period.

Catches by Evan Engram, Marvin Jones Jr. and Zay Jones closed the gap to 30-20. Engram had six catches of 93 yards.

The Chargers’ Austin Ekeler ran for two first quarter scores of 13 and six yards. Chargers QB Justin Herbert was 25 of 43 passing for 273 yards. Tight end Gerald Everett caught six passes for 108 yards.

Cameron Dicker connected on field goals of 22, 23 and 50-yards. He missed one that would have increased the LA lead midway through the final quarter.

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