Is anyone else still out of breath?
Four days ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars overcame a 27-0 deficit to pull off the third-largest comeback in playoff history. The final score was good guys, 31, Los Angeles Chargers, 30.
Riley Patterson’s game winning field goal is better with Titanic music. #DUUUVAL #NFLPlayoffs #SuperWildCard pic.twitter.com/T9vau2XLpK— Sam Valenti (@realsamvalenti) January 15, 2023
Riley Patterson’s 36-yarder as time expired was the second-biggest play of the game (in terms of win probability added, per rbsdm.com). The biggest play came just prior: Travis Etienne’s 25-yard rush to convert on fourth down and set up the winning kick.
Lol u wild Doug keep going#LACvsJAX on NBC pic.twitter.com/8zJhrS3ghY— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) January 15, 2023
It was the climax of Doug Pederson’s incredible coaching performance on Saturday night. Jacksonville had three 3-and-outs four interceptions, three 3-and-outs, and one fumbled punt return to start the game -- but the final five drives resulted in 31 points.
Here’s a breakdown of Etienne’s clutch run from The Ringer’s Ben Solak.
Had to talk about the Travis Etienne game-winning run.— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) January 15, 2023
Doug Pederson made Asante Samuel Jr. try to step up and tackle in a short yardage situation...AGAIN! Same as in Week 3. pic.twitter.com/7nTZh1NEQS
Another great coaching moment came at the end of the third quarter, when Trevor Lawrence hit Zay Jones on a 39-yard touchdown to make it a 10-point game.
Breakdown from SB Nation’s JP Acosta:
I am running on very few hours of sleep but I LOVED this TD to Zay Jones when it happened and loved it even more watching it again pic.twitter.com/9LdMbA0V6a— JP Acosta (@acosta32_jp) January 15, 2023
Lawrence checked into the play after seeing L.A.’s defensive alignment; it was an otherworldly heat check by a quarterback making his first career playoff start.
After throwing his fourth interception, Lawrence completed 23 of 29 passes for 253 yards and four scores.
#TrevorLawrence and the #Jaguars led a 27-point comeback vs. the #Chargers tonight (31-30 W).— Ryan Michael (@theryanmichael) January 15, 2023
It is THE largest comeback in #NFL history for a team that did not force a single turnover.
Lawrence finished 23/29 (79.3%), 253 yards (8.7 YPA), 4 TDs, 0 INTs: 142.6 passer rating. pic.twitter.com/n5q74E3fR6