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Five key plays: Jaguars 31, Chargers 30

2. Tip – and uh-oh. The Chargers got a big play – and big momentum – early when the Jaguars got an unlucky break. First, the Chargers intercepted a short pass from Lawrence on second-and-six from the Jaguars 28 when defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day tipped the ball at the line of scrimmage and linebacker Drue Tranquill intercepted and returned it to the Jaguars 18. That ended the game’s opening possession. Chargers running back Austin Ekelar scored on the second play of the ensuing possession, with his 13-yard run giving Los Angeles a 7-0 lead with 13:33 remaining in the first quarter.

3. Pick No. 3. Nothing went right for the Jaguars early – and that trend continued in a major way late in the first quarter. On third-and-five from the Jaguars 19, Lawrence threw short for tight end Evan Engram – and Samuel stepped in front of the pass for his second interception of the game and the Chargers’ third interception of the game. Ekeler three plays later ran around the left side of the line and scored easily to give the Chargers a 17-0 lead with :49 remaining in the first quarter. Los Angeles had moved 34 yards for its first two touchdowns. This interception was the third of Lawrence’s four in the first half. “It was definitely the worst half of my football life – and a lot of people’s football life, too,” Lawrence said with a smile. “I felt like only one of those plays was a bad decision, so I felt like I was seeing things all right. They made a couple of great plays. I just needed to settle in. We couldn’t get a drive going. I knew once we got rolling and got the momentum, I felt good about it.”

4. Whatever could go wrong … The Jaguars weren’t a particularly mistake-prone team all season. That changed dramatically Saturday – and it wasn’t all mistakes by Lawrence. While Lawrence’s interceptions accounted for four first-half turnovers, a fifth came in bizarre fashion and led to the Chargers’ fifth score. The Chargers punted on fourth-and-two from their 40, with the punt bouncing off the helmet of Jaguars cornerback Chris Claybrooks as the veteran tried to block for returner Jamal Agnew. The ball caromed toward the goal line, with Agnew fighting for the recovery but Chargers linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga recovering at the Jaguars 6. Cameron Dicker’s 23-yard field goal pushed the Chargers’ lead to 27-0 with 4:25 remaining in the second quarter. The Chargers at that point had 20 points off turnovers and had driven 35 yards for 17 of their 27 points.

5. Inching closer … The Jaguars were a comeback team throughout the second half of the season, and they gave themselves a sliver of hope for a second-half rally late with a solid drive late in the first half. Lawrence, after struggling throughout the first 28 minutes, led the Jaguars on a seven-play, 47-yard drive that ended with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Engram. Lawrence completed five of six passes for 46 yards on the drive, and the touchdown to Engram cut the Chargers’ lead to 27-7 with :24 remaining in the second quarter. Engram finished with seven receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown.

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