Jacksonville, Fla. ( Associated Press) – Down at the start? nothing happen.
Double digit deficit near the end? It didn’t matter.
No hole has been too big for the Jacksonville Jaguars these days.
The Jaguars rallied from a 27-point deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers 31–30 in the first round of the AFC playoffs. It was the latest coming-of-age win for Jacksonville, a team that has made a habit of starting sleepily and finishing insanely.
While this trend has generated excitement for the Jaguars and their fans, it is something they will want to avoid when Jacksonville (10-8) faces Kansas City (14-3) in the divisional round on Saturday.
Eventually, as the level of competition increases, the margin for error of the team will surely decrease. And the Jaguars have already experienced how difficult it is to turn around at Arrowhead Stadium, as one of the first stops on the team’s comeback tour.
The Jaguars have lost nine of their last 10 games, including six by double digits. They won seven of those nine, including an upset against the Chargers in one of the most unexpected responses in post-season history.
“I see us as a bunch of cockroaches,” said security Rayshawn Jenkins. “Like they can’t kill us. We’re going to fight until it’s zero-zero-zero-zero on the clock.”
Quarterback Trevor Lawrence followed the four interceptions with four touchdown passes, and Jacksonville completed all of its key plays late in the game.
Coach Doug Pederson said, “We dug ourselves into a hole a few times and found our way out a few times.”
Pedersen’s aggression is paying off. In the end his fourth down play against the Chargers was a masterpiece, with running back Travis Etienne running back Chris Manhertz and tight ends Luke Farekl. Etienne received the ball, ran to the end, and ran 25 yards to set up a field goal.
Jacksonville could benefit from some fair play. The Jags have gone over 12 in their last five games, becoming the first team in NFL history to win a playoff game with a -5 turnover record.