3 discouraging stats from the Jaguars loss to the Chiefs in the playoffs
Winning the Super Bowl is the ultimate goal in the NFL but only one team will end their season raising the Lombardi Trophy. This is why the Jacksonville Jaguars shouldn’t feel deflated for losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs.
For one, head coach Doug Pederson is proud of his team and what they’ve accomplished in 2022, calling it a good first year. On the other hand, Jacksonville has their work cut out in the offseason. Among the many things they must do is look back at their mistakes and try to correct them. Their loss to the Chiefs in the playoffs, along with the one in Week 9, would be a good starting point, so here are three stats that defined that game.
3. The Jaguars gave up nearly 100 yards to Chiefs TE Travis Kelce
There’s no doubt Travis Kelce is the best tight end in the NFL. Catching passes from Patrick Mahomes makes his life considerably easier but even if he played for another club, his production would still pop off of the stat sheet. That’s how talented he is and there’s a good chance he will hold several league records.
Kelce’s playmaking skills were on display against Jacksonville, catching 14 passes for 98 yards with two touchdowns. In the Chiefs’ first quarter alone, he hauled in four receptions and a touchdown.
It didn’t matter that Kansas City didn’t have another threat besides Kelce. In fact, the tight end was the only Chief that finished the game with more than 40 receiving yards. This wasn’t the first time the Jags struggled to cover tight ends though. It was a recurrent issue throughout the season and one they’ll need to address in the upcoming months.