The Jacksonville Jaguars showed in the regular season that they can come back from behind and come on top regardless of the deficit. Their 31-30 jaw-dropping win over the Los Angeles Chargers was no different, as they were at one point trailing 27-0. Nevertheless, the Jags never flinched in the face of adversity and found a way to get out of the hole they had dug themselves into.
Trevor Lawrence was a big reason Jacksonville was losing early in the game, throwing four interceptions in the first half. However, he was also responsible for righting the ship, throwing four touchdown passes and no picks.
Just like his teammates and head coach Doug Pederson, Lawrence never stopped believing and instead kept fighting right until the Jags took away the Bolts. With that in mind, here are five studs beside the sophomore quarterback that made the comeback win possible:
5 studs that made the Jaguars win in Super Wild Card Weekend possible
5. Jamal Agnew, return specialist
Outside of a punt Chargers linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga recovered in the second quarter, the Jaguars’ special teams delivered. In particular, Jamal Angew gave Jacksonville a superb field position throughout the game. The former San San Diego Torero had four kick returns, one for 52 yards. On a day in which every yard counted, Angew came through.
4. Evan Engram, tight end
Zay Jones’ touchdown in the second quarter was huge but tight end Evan Engram was sort of an unsung hero. The former Ole’ Miss Rebel finished the game with seven catches for 93 yards, often churning out tough yards after the catch.
Engram moved the chains a staggering six times against the Chargers and earned a Pro Football Focus overall grade of 76.2, the highest among Jaguars’ offensive players.
3. Riley Patterson, kicker
Riley Patterson attempted just one field goal in Super Wild Card Weekend but it was a pretty important one, like ‘make it and you win’ important. With the game on the line, Patterson kept his cool and manage to nail the 36-yard kick that put the Jaguars on top.
2. Josh Allen, outside linebacker
The Jaguars’ defense tightened up in the second half and outside Josh Allen paved the way, registering one sack, seven total pressures, and six stops. Moreover, his 83.4 PFF overall grade was the highest among Jaguars players Saturday.
On a side note, defensive end Roy Robertson Harris became the first player in playoff history and seventh overall to register four tackles for a loss, two passes defensed, and a sack. Also, he posted a PFF overall grade of 71.7 grade against the Chargers, the sixth-best among the Jaguars.
1. Travis Etienne, running back
Establishing the run was a key to beating the Chargers. Although Etienne got off to a slow start, toting the rock eight times for 37 yards in the first half, he finished the game with 109 yards on 20 carries.
Etienne’s 25-yard run with 1:28 left in the fourth quarter was huge and put Riley Patterson in a position to make the game-winning kick. Here’s a breakdown of what made it such a big play, courtesy of Benjamin Solak of The Ringer:
As Solak noted, the Jaguars had successfully run a similar play against the Chargers back in Week 3. Doug Pederson deserves credit for crafting it but so does Etienne for executing it.