JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It didn’t look good.
The Los Angeles Chargers shocked the Jacksonville Jaguars and 70,000 fans at TIAA Bank Field Saturday night by taking a 27-0 lead in the wild card round of the playoffs.
Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw four interceptions in the first half and it looked like the Chargers were rolling to an easy win.
Hundreds of fans left the stadium on a frosty night and made their way home, disillusioned.
“T-Law ain’t ready man,” a fan who left the game mid-game told News4JAX. “I’m happy, but I wanted to go on.”
Dozens of people on social media shared similar sentiments, as noted by Ice Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed). Some urged Jaguars fans to go home. Someone else called on the Jaguars to vacate their AFC South title and another called them “cheating kittens”.
Just a reminder that there are people with working brain cells who think Justin Herbert is a better QB than Trevor Lawrence
— Matt Downs (@cmattdowns) January 14, 2023
a comedy of mistakes that propelled the AFC South to the playoffs
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) January 15, 2023
This may actually be the worst performance by an NFL team in postseason history. I’m really excited to see the rest of the game to see if it can get any worse. Eggs just pop in guys head. 4 tips. Would you stay or leave the game if it was there?
— Bob Menery (@BobMenery) January 15, 2023
Trevor Lawrence just wasn’t built for those moments
—Hank Lockwood (@hen_ease) January 15, 2023
By now you probably know what happened next: it was always the Jags.
Lawrence bounced back with an error-free second half and threw four touchdown passes to lead the team to an unlikely 31-30 victory.
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It was the third-greatest comeback in playoff history and propelled the Jaguars into the divisional playoffs. Their opponent will be finalized on Sunday but will likely be either the top-seeded Chiefs or the No. 2-seeded Bills barring major surprises.
Jaguar’s legendary running back Maurice Jones-Drew was one of those who never doubted his former team.
“That’s what the Chargers do,” Jones-Drew said.
Apparently, comedian Katt Williams, who was in Jacksonville for a show, was also among the believers.
Katt Williams predicted a comeback win for the Jaguars during his set last night and kept providing the crowd lmao with score updates
— Cold Taek Chris (@mistochristopho) January 15, 2023
At least one of the people who tweeted doubts about the Jaguars changed their mind after the game ended.
“Hey, I like to take the L here. This was too much fun and madness not to be happy for the Jaguars and Coach of the Year Doug Pederson,” Dan Leach tweeted.
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