53-yard field goal lifts Jaguars, earns them first win of 2021 season

Matthew Wright #15 of Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates with team. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Matthew Wright #15 of Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates with team. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images) /
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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where the Jacksonville Jaguars play in Week 6 of the 2021 season. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /

It’s official, the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Miami Dolphins 23-20 in Week 6 and earned their first win of the 2021 season. After getting close and making things interesting in recent weeks, the Jaguars finally won the first game of the Urban Meyer era.

Make no mistake though, this was a team win, made possible by a 53-yard field goal by kicker Matthew Wright with one second left on the clock. Heading into the game, it was uncertain who was going to handle kicking duties, Wright or Josh Lambo. Meyer told the local media ahead of the game that the team had made a decision but kept it under wraps. Based on the results, they made the right call. The Central Florida product was signed to the active roster ahead of the game, it will be interesting to see what the team does with Lambo.

For a moment, it looked like the Jaguars would be headed to overtime. With less than two minutes to score and the game tied 20-20, Lawrence was sacked in back-to-back plays. With six seconds left in the clock on fourth-and-8, the Jags could have attempted a 60+ yards field goal or a hail mary. Instead, Lawrence completed a nine-yard pass to wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. that helped set Wright’s winning field goal.

Quarterback Trevor Lawrence didn’t throw an interception and went 25-of-41 for 319 yards with one touchdown. He was sacked by former Clemson teammate Christian Wilkins late in the third quarter and fumbled the ball. However, cornerback Navin Lawson quickly got the ball back, intercepting the ball in the next play. Here are other observations about the Jaguars’ hard-earned victory.