Still, it didn't matter with the way the Chargers played in the clutch, with Philip Rivers being intercepted in overtime to set up the game-winning kick. The Jaguars went for a two-point conversion and converted the score with another pass from Bortles to Lee. Fellow wide receiver Marqise Lee added another 55 receiving yards and a touchdown on six receptions. It's not a habit the Jaguars want to get into, but they needed some kind of spark offensively. So, of course, Bortles decided this was the flawless time to throw a bad interception.
He decided a two-yard run was worth risking being tackled in bounds, which would have likely ended the game with the Jaguars out of timeouts... Head coach Doug Marrone dialed up the flawless fake punt call, a direct snap to wide receiver Corey Grant that went 59 yards for the score. It worked in the preseason against Carolina. Later on, Rivers hit backup running back Alex Ekeler for a 28-yard gain.
And wouldn't you know it, the Chargers were able to block the field goal ... but, because the Chargers are cursed, the ball managed to make it through the uprights, giving the Jaguars the big win. He'll get Hall consideration for his entire body of work in the National Football League but against the Jaguars he's been stellar.
Even Doug Marrone said, "You're talking about a player that has probably played as well against our team as any player that has ever played". T.J. Yeldon gained eight yards on first down to the Jaguars' 33.
Neither team played great in the first half, willing to play field position trying to overcome average performance and a bunch of penalties.
The Jaguars failed to find the end zone and sent out Lambo for the game-winner. Shatley had to snap on two punts, as well as the late field goals.
The Browns are 0-9 a year after losing 38-24 at Detroit on Sunday.
For fans in the last five years who were convinced this team was finding ways to lose, the Jaguars actually found a way to win this game.
However, cornerback Aaron Colvin was called for a personal foul, which moved them back to the 16-yard line.
Perryman was so influential in the first half that he forced the Jaguars out of the I-formation, Fournette package and made them spread the field and lean on Blake Bortles more, and when that happens you have a good shot of winning. The Jaguars had two takeaways in the fourth quarter/overtime after having none against the Colts and Bengals in their last two games. However, the Chargers blocked the follow up extra point attempt by Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo.
The more the Chargers run the football, the better the opportunity for the running backs and offensive line to get on the same page and really start creating more explosive plays in the running game like we saw a few weeks ago against the Patriots.
This error is with the punting team, but it goes to show a growing likelihood that there will be a vacancy at special teams coach this offseason in Los Angeles.
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