Mhe Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Los Angeles Chargers in one of the greatest playoff comebacks in NFL history. After being 0:27 behind at the end of the first half, the outsider transformed the American football duel with the Chargers on Saturday evening (local time) and won in the final 31:30. According to US media, there have only been two games in NFL playoff history with an even bigger gap closed. The decision brought a field goal with time running out.
“You couldn’t write a crazier script. In the locker room, we’ve already said it’s kind of like our season is going, we’re never quite out of the game,” the quarterback said. of the Jaguars Trevor Lawrence, who made four bad passes to the opponent in the first half, then four touchdowns – passes had allowed the race to catch up. “I had some bad passes in the first half, we didn’t look good offensively, but we kept believing in each other,” he told NBC. “A play-off, 27 points down, we are always counted in these matches, but who cares. We like that.”
Purdy wins with the 49ers
The Jaguars had such poor records in each of the previous two seasons, with just four wins combined, that they had the first pick in the draft, which is expected to go to the weaker team last season. In 2021, the Jaguars brought quarterback Lawrence to Florida. “I didn’t have much choice. If you want to get out of this hole, you have to score a lot of points,” Lawrence said of his four bad passes. “I didn’t want to be the reason these guys lost here today.”
Freshman quarterback Brock Purdy, meanwhile, beat the Seattle Seahawks with the San Francisco 49ers to also advance to the next round. At 41:23 on Saturday (local time), the 23-year-old point guard made three touchdown passes in the first playoff game of his career and had a stellar performance with 18 throws for 332 yards. The Seahawks were able to keep pace in the first half and entered the break with a 17:16 lead. But then the 49ers showed their class and walked away.
“Our goal is to win it all,” Purdy told ESPN. “I have a great team around me, attacking and defending. It’s not a one-man show. It’s play-off football, everyone has to play their best game.”
Who the Jaguars and 49ers meet in the second round of the playoffs will be decided in later wildcard round matchups. The conclusion of these first games of the knockout stage of the NFL season is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ game with superstar Tom Brady against the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday night. Before that, the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills meet this Sunday, the New York Giants meet the Minnesota Vikings and the Baltimore Ravens meet the Cincinnati Bengals.
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