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Goldilocks and the Four Interceptions

Posted on | January 15, 2023 | Comments Off on Goldilocks and the Four Interceptions

Once upon a time, in the Kingdom of Duval, there was a quarterback known as Goldilocks, because of his beautiful blonde hair. Everything was fine for Goldilocks until the mean old Chargers came to town for a playoff game, and Goldilocks threw an interception. And then he threw another interception. And then another and another, and after four interceptions, Goldilocks and his Jaguars were losing 27-0. At this point, most of the little boys and girls got bored with the story and, because it was after bedtime, they went to sleep, figuring it was a blowout like the 49ers beating the Seahawks. But while the little boys and girls were sleeping, the story changed and Goldilocks had a fairy-tale ending:

Trevor Lawrence’s confidence somehow never wavered. Not after the first interception. Or the second. Or the third. Or even the fourth.
The generational quarterback simply delivered a generational comeback.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 draft followed four interceptions with four touchdown passes — one of the most improbable turnarounds in NFL postseason history — and rallied the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 31-30 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday night.
Lawrence engineered the winning drive, highlighted by Travis Etienne’s 25-yard run on a fourth-and-1 play, and put the Jaguars in position for Riley Patterson’s 36-yard field goal on the final play. It capped a 27-point comeback, the largest in franchise history and the third largest in playoff history.
“You couldn’t write a crazier script,” Lawrence said. “We said in the locker room that’s kind of how our season’s going. We’re never out of the fight. … I’m kind of speechless, honestly, just to see what belief can do and to see when a team believes in each other what you can accomplish.”

And the moral of the story is, even when they give up four interceptions, the Jaguars can beat the Chargers, but they’ll probably have to beat Kansas City next week before they can live happily ever after.



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