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The Los Angeles Chargers will play the Jaguars in Jacksonville on Saturday in the first round of the NFL playoffs.

The Chargers quickly took the lead and led 27–7 at halftime.

Trevor Lawrence had a terrible start to the game, throwing four interceptions in the first half, including three on Asante Samuel Jr. It is noteworthy that in the first quarter he suffered three interceptions against only four completions.

Samuel is the first rookie in NFL history to throw three steals in his playoff debut.

Lawrence was intercepted by Drew Tranquill on his very first pass of the game, setting the stage for a 13-yard touchdown by Austin Eckeler.

Lawrence threw the interception again in the Jaguars’ second series, this time into Samuel’s hands.

The Chargers took advantage of this second pass to add three points to Cameron Dicker’s 22-yard field goal.

Lawrence again saw Samuel intercept one of his passes late in the first quarter. The Chargers took the ball 16 yards from the end zone, and Ekeler wasted no time in scoring his second big goal of the game.

The Chargers added a third touchdown in the second quarter when Justin Herbert joined Gerald Everett for nine yards.

In the middle of the second quarter, Lawrence was again intercepted by Samuel.

As if that wasn’t enough, moments later, the Jaguars suffered another loss on the Chargers punt. Dicker took the opportunity to add three field goals from 23 yards.

The Jaguars showed signs of life before the break when Lawrence threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Evan Ingram.

Notes before the game

If fans were asked to name the best quarterbacks in the NFL right now, you would probably see the names of Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow and Lamar Jackson very often. However, the names of Justin Herbert and Trevor Lawrence should not be far behind.

Herbert ends arguably his toughest season yet in his third season on the Goodell Tour. Talking about a bad season with a ratio of 25 touchdowns to 10 interceptions and more than 4700 yards is clearly impossible. It’s just that without star receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams for a long time this season, Herbert has had to supply the aerial game with lower caliber players.

Injuries have been the theme of the Los Angeles Chargers season year after year. So you’d think that head coach Brandon Staley wouldn’t put his starters in the entire game against the Broncos in Week 18 with absolutely nothing to win. But that would be Staley’s misunderstanding. So Mike Williams hurt his back and he will be out against the Jacksonville Jaguars, enough to thwart a dangerous LA air attack.

In the clash of two future stars, Herbert will have to confront Trevor Lawrence, who has achieved gigantic success in his development under the guidance of Doug Pederson. Lawrence and Jags were in a bad position after Tennessee before racking up five wins while the Titans suffered seven straight losses to end the season. Against all odds, the Jags completed this great run by winning a playoff berth for the first time since they came within a hair’s breadth of winning the Super Bowl…against Doug Pederson and the Eagles!

Under Pederson, Lawrence went from questionable quarterback to one of the brightest stars in the position. Week after week, the 2021 auction first pick has shown progress in his game and chemistry with his receivers, who were a very dubious unit before the season. Zay Jones, Evan Engram and Christian Kirk had the best season of their careers with the Clemson alum. Last year, T-Lo threw 17 interceptions in just 12 touchdowns, this season his game has been honed to eight interceptions in 25 touchdowns. Best of all, the rising star finished the season with 15 touchdown passes and just one interception in his last nine games.

We knew the Jags were on the rise, but maybe not as strong this season. To say that the team can count on Calvin Ridley as a receiver next year. This is reassuring! The Chargers likely have a much more complete and experienced squad than the Jacksonvilles, but in a duel of young quarterbacks wanting to meddle in the conversation of the big ones, why not have a little surprise from the gang in Lawrence?

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