Chargers lament wild-card loss after blowing 27-0 result in Jags

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It was a recreation the Los Angeles Chargers had no enterprise shedding, however there they stood on the sideline at TIAA Financial institution Discipline on a cold January evening, helplessly watching as kicker Riley Patterson drilled a 36-yard area aim to elevate the Jacksonville Jaguars to an unbelievable 31-30 come-from-behind victory in a wild-card playoff recreation Saturday evening.

“I’m hurting for everybody in that locker room,” L.A. coach Brandon Staley stated after the defeat. “This is the toughest way that you can lose in the playoffs.”

The Bolts intercepted quarterback Trevor Lawrence 4 occasions within the first half. They gained the turnover battle 5-0. However additionally they watched as a 27-0 lead vanished, sending them packing into the offseason.

“It’s really tough because we think really highly of our team, and that’s a special group of guys in that locker room,” Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert stated. “They deserve better, and it didn’t go our way, and that’s the unfortunate part.”

The Jaguars’ comeback amounted to the third largest for a win within the NFL playoffs and the fifth largest in league historical past, if together with the common season.

“It’s embarrassing,” L.A. defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day stated. “It feels really bad, and it just sucks.”

On the outset of the sport, the Chargers wasted no time in setting an aggressive tone.

On the Jaguars’ second play from scrimmage, linebacker Drue Tranquill intercepted a move from Lawrence. Two performs later, working again Austin Ekeler transformed the takeaway right into a landing.

On the Jags’ ensuing drive, cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. grabbed a decide of his personal and adopted with two extra within the first half, turning into the primary participant in NFL playoff historical past with three first-half interceptions.

The Bolts additionally pressured a first-half turnover after recovering a muffed level.

They transformed 4 of the 5 takeaways into factors and led 27-0 till, with 44 seconds remaining within the first half, Lawrence related with tight finish Evan Engram for a 9-yard landing.

From there, Lawrence threw a landing move on three consecutive drives to open the second half, and the Chargers’ meltdown — throughout which they have been unable to get a cease or develop any rhythm on offense — was in full impact.

“We just didn’t play clean enough football in the second half in all three phases,” Staley stated. “We didn’t score the ball or possess it well enough on defense. We had far too many penalties in the second half that really hurt us and didn’t play well enough in the red area, didn’t perform well there in the two minutes at the end of the game. Just didn’t play a good second half of football as a team.”

Herbert, within the first postseason begin of his profession, accomplished 25 of 43 passes for 273 yards and a landing.

“As an offense, we need to move the ball better, through the air, on the ground,” Herbert stated. “We just have to be able to move the chains. We didn’t do that enough. We didn’t score in the red zone enough. Only put up three points in the second half. So as an offense, that’s on us.”

The Bolts led all through, till Patterson transformed the successful area aim as time expired.

“The way we started the game, that’s the team that I know that we’re capable of being,” Staley stated. “In the second half, we just didn’t finish the game.”