While questions are (rightly) being asked of Brandon Staley's Chargers, given the scale of the comeback, it’s important to note just how well the Jaguars — and particularly quarterback Trevor Lawrence — played in the second half.
The game couldn’t have started much worse for Jacksonville, and Lawrence played really poorly for much of the first half.
The former first overall pick earned a 43.7 PFF grade in the opening two quarters, the second lowest of any player from either game on Saturday, and he went just 10-for-24 for 77 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions.
As badly as he played — and it was bad — Lawrence also got a little unlucky, with his first interception coming off a pass that was tipped (twice) at the line of scrimmage.
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However, the second half was a whole different ball game, with Lawrence going 18-for-23 for 211 yards with three touchdowns and, crucially, zero turnover-worthy plays, leading to an 82.5 PFF passing grade.
He attempted 10 passes beyond the sticks in the second half and completed seven, including all three second-half touchdowns.
Trevor Lawrence: Passing stats in the first and second half of the wild-card win against the Chargers
|First half||Second half|
|Comp./Att.||10 / 24||18 / 23|
|Average depth of target||8.4||8.1|
|Yards per attempt||3.2||9.2|
|Adjusted comp. %||43.5%||81.8%|
|PFF passing grade||44.4||82.3|
It shouldn’t have come as a huge shock, though, with Lawrence developing a reputation for his comebacks this season. Since Week 10, Lawrence has produced an 87.3 passing grade in the second half of games, trailing just Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills and Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Jaguars will be underdogs again next week, regardless of whether they are on the road to the Bills or the Kansas City Chiefs, but after Saturday night they won’t feel like they are out of the game even if things don’t go well to start with.