3 stats that define the Jaguars incredible win in Super Wild Card Weekend
1. Trevor Lawrence threw 4 TDs vs. the Chargers (after 4 straight INTs)
Trevor Lawrence deserves plenty of credit for bouncing back after a horrible start to the game. Having said that, how much credit should he get for the win? After all, he was a big reason the Jaguars found themselves trailing 27-0 in the second quarter.
Think about it, Lawrence ended up cleaning up the mess but it was one he himself made. In fact, he became the owner of several dubious distinctions. The former Clemson Tiger became the first quarterback since Peyton Manning in 2003 to be intercepted in each of his team’s first two possessions of a playoff game.
Lawrence was also the first signal-caller since Brian Hoyer in 2016 to throw four picks in his playoff debut. But after hitting rock bottom, he went on to throw four touchdowns and no more picks. As Michael DiRocco of ESPN noted, Tom Brady has registered four picks in six games in his career and he’s 0-6 in all of them.
This isn’t to say Lawrence is on the same level as Brady. However, it does show how challenging is to bounce back after throwing four interceptions. Following the game, Lawrence told the media he had to keep playing with confidence in spite of his previous mistake.
“That was the one thing, just self-talk in my head going back and forth”, Lawrence said. “It’s tough when you’re struggling or not playing well but if I don’t continue to be myself, we don’t have a shot to win because then I’m going to miss the plays that I usually make, so I just had to keep my confidence”.
“Missed a few throws, in some of those turnovers, I was being a little bit cautious, so after that, I felt like I got back on track and settled in”, Lawrence said.
Based on the results, it’s fair to say Lawrence indeed continued to play with confidence.