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Tale of two halves: Jaguars come back to defeat the Chargers in the 2023 NFL Playoffs

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Jacksonville Jaguars were able to put themselves at a disadvantage in the first half. However, in the second half, they showed a lot of fight, like in the second half of the season.

The Jaguars trailed the Los Angeles Chargers 27-7 at halftime. In the second half, they mounted a 24-3 run to defeat the Chargers 31-30 as the time expired at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence dives for a two-point conversion in the AFC Wild Card Game against the Los Angeles Chargers
Trevor Lawrence dives for a two-point conversion in the AFC Wild Card Game against the Los Angeles Chargers (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

With the win, the Jaguars clinched a spot in the Divisional Round. They will be on the road next weekend, as the team plays the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

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This will be a matchup featuring two head coaches that are very familiar with one another. Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson previously played for Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.

Pederson also served on the Philadelphia Eagles staff under Reid after his retirement.

Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence went 28 of 47 for 288 yards. He had four touchdown passes and four interceptions.

Travis Etienne had 20 carries for 109 yards. Evan Engram had seven receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown.

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert went 25 of 43 for 273 yards. He had one touchdown pass.

Austin Ekeler had 13 carries for 35 yards and two touchdowns. Gerald Everett had six receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown.

The Jaguars outscored the Chargers 24-3 in the second half. Lawrence hit Marvin Jones for a six-yard touchdown reception.

Lawrence hit Zay Jones for a 39-yard touchdown reception. Lawrence also connected with Christian Kirk for a nine-yard touchdown reception. Following the Kirk touchdown, Lawrence converted a two-point conversion.

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Riley Patterson made a 36-yard field goal as time expired.

The Chargers’ lone second-half points came at 2:58 in the third quarter. Cameron Dicker made a 50-yard field goal.

Los Angeles led 27-7 at halftime. Ekeler scored on a 13-yard rushing touchdown. Ekeler also scored on a six-yard rushing touchdown.

Herbert hit Everett for a nine-yard touchdown reception. Dicker also made two field goals.

Dicker first made a 22-yard field goal. He also added a 23-yard field goal.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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