The Jacksonville Jaguars relied on pure skill, and a bit of lady luck, to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers 20-17 in overtime Sunday at EverBank Field.
The Bolts looked poised to gain an impressive win on the road, as they began the second half of their season. However, their fate was ultimately sealed when quarterback Philip Rivers was intercepted by cornerback A.J. Bouye in overtime. Four plays later, former Chargers kicker Josh Lambo made the 30-yard, game-winning field goal.
The Chargers held Jags rookie running back Leonard Fournette to just 33 yards on 17 carries. The biggest play allowed on the ground came on a fake punt late in the first quarter when running back Corey Grant took the direct snap 56 yards for a touchdown. Lambo’s extra-point attempt was blocked to make it 6-0 Jaguars.
After five consecutive punts, the Chargers’ offense struck on their final drive of the half. Rivers found running back Austin Ekeler for a 28-yard touchdown reception. Nick Novak’s extra point gave the Chargers a 7-6 lead at halftime.
Rivers and Ekeler stayed hot to start the second half. After the Chargers’ defense forced a three-and-out on Jacksonville’s opening possession, they hooked up for a 22-yard touchdown reception. The Bolts were now on top 14-6 after a Novak extra point.
Jacksonville responded later in the third quarter with an 11-play, 84-yard drive that ended with a six-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Blake Bortles to wide receiver Marqise Lee. Bortles also found Lee for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 14-14.
With 10:38 remaining in the game, Novak broke the tie with a 50-yard field goal. Lambo tied the score again with five seconds left to send the game into overtime. This time, our old friend Josh Lambo delivered the knockout for the Bolts, who drop to 3-6 on the season.
Week Ten One-Liners:
Safety Tre Boston intercepted Bortles twice in the fourth quarter.
Philip Rivers finished the game 21-of-37 for 235 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.
Austin Ekeler had 119 total yards and two touchdowns.
Rivers Achieves Another Milestone
With a completion at the end of the third quarter, Philip Rivers collected his 4,000 completion for his career. Earlier in the second quarter, Rivers had eclipsed Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon (3,988) for eighth all-time in completions.
The Chargers return home to StubHub Center in Week 11 to take on the Buffalo Bills (5-4). Sunday, Nov. 19th at 1:05 p.m.
–Mike D’Abate is the Managing Editor for cover32.com/Chargers and covers the Los Angeles Chargers and New England Patriots. He is also a National Content Writer and covers the NFL for cover32.com.