Christian Kirk’s TD catch wakes up Jaguars owner Shad Khan
With the Jacksonville Jaguars trailing the Tennessee Titans 10-0 in Week 18, nobody would have blamed you if you weren’t paying attention to the game. Heck, owner Shad Khan seemed to have been falling asleep but he and everyone turned their attention to the game once Trevor Lawrence found wide receiver Christian Kirk for a 25-yard touchdown pass.
The Jaguars let the Titans get a 10-point lead but they weren’t going to give up without a fight, so they scored on a six-play, 50-yard drive that ended on a touchdown pass Lawrence threw to Kirk. Here’s the picture of Khan reacting to the play. You be the judge:
Per the Jaguars’ official PR account on Twitter, Lawrence became the first player in franchise history to record 25 passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns in the same season. Early in the game, the former Clemson Tiger broke the team’s record for completions in a season, previously held by Blake Bortles.
The Jags went three and out in their first drive. They then turn the ball over in their second possession. But the third time is the charm and Jacksonville was able to get on the scoreboard with Lawrence’s throw to Kirk.
Also of note, Kirk and Zay Jones became the first pair of wide receivers to have 80 receptions or more in a season since Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith accomplish the feat in 2001, per Demetrius Harvey of the Florida Times-Union. Here’s Lawrence’s touchdown pass to Kirk:
The Jaguars must wake up in the 2nd half to beat the Titans
Heading into the third quarter, the Jaguars have 114 total yards. Lawrence has played well, going 11-of-14 for 98 yards with one touchdown. However, going third and out in their first possession and turning the ball over in the second hurt them.
Similarly, the defense must find an answer to stop Derrick Henry and quarterback Joshua Dobbs. The former has toted the rock 17 times for 71 yards while the latter went 12-of-15 for 114 yards with one touchdown.
There’s still plenty of time left on the clock but the Jaguars must put it all together if they want to beat their division foes and advance to the playoffs.