Justin Herbert sat silently in front of his locker for about 15 minutes, staring into space. He had taken off his clothes but was still wearing most of his grassy uniform.
It was a defining scene for a team ravaged by a crisis that no one could have foreseen. And it’s been made very clear: Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers won’t be able to recover from this loss – the third-biggest loss in knockout history – any time soon.
The Chargers did little in the second half, allowing Trevor Lawrence to make four interceptions with four touchdown passes and get past Jacksonville from a 27-0 deficit. They were 31-30 ahead of Riley Patterson’s 36-yard goal in the final game.
“Obviously it was very difficult for us,” Herbert said. “As an offense we had to do more in the second half, and you know it was our offensive behavior and as a midfielder. I need to perform better.
Most would say Lawrence’s heroism was the reason for the 27-point return. He completed 24 of the last 31 passes for 258 yards, with 4 touchdowns. He connected with Evan Engram, Zay Jones, Marvin Jones and Christian Kirk, then he scored in a 2-point conversion that put the Jaguars (10-8) down 30-28 and gave them a chance to win. instead of being held to the goal of the field.
“I had to give them three more points in the second half and so I feel bad for the defense because of the incredible effort they put in today. But I have to get better as a team.
Even then, the Charger (10-8) does nothing to slow them down.
Chargers coach Brandon Staley said: “Whenever you have a 27-7 lead at half-time and have four goals and end up winning the lead (5-0), that will be an assassin”. “I’m heartbroken for everyone in this dressing room. It’s a group of special people, and that’s the hardest way to lose in the knockout stages and certainly with the way we started the game. fight.
“They were the team I knew we were capable of becoming, and in the second half we didn’t finish the game.” Full-back Michael Davis left the match due to a chest muscle injury that forced rookie Ja`Sir Taylor to come on. No wonder the Jaguars chased after him.
It also didn’t help passing star Joey Bosa lose his temper, slam his helmet on the ground and receive a second unsportsmanlike penalty – one that allowed Jaguar to move the ball close. over a meter and try to shoot Convert to 2 points instead of an extra point. Staley remarked, “I think he was frustrated. “Throughout the course of the game, a lot of things kind of accumulated. And he made an effort to discuss it with the authorities. But we can’t let our guard down in that way. We must be careful to maintain a positive attitude. And doing that cannot harm the team.
If it weren’t for Bosa’s penalty, Jaguars coach Doug Pederson said he probably would have gone for the extra point. After a 62-yard TD drive that made it 24-0 midway through the second quarter, the Chargers’ offense was largely ineffective, despite Herbert throwing for 273 yards and a touchdown without throwing an interception.
Staley will undoubtedly face criticism for playing too safe both on offense and defense — Cameron Dicker missed a field goal attempt on fourth-and-3 midway through the fourth quarter — and for not making more of an effort to run the ball. LA attempted 23 runs for 69 yards, averaging 2.9 yards per attempt, while Herbert completed 43 passes. Herbert sat motionless at his locker stall, mentally going over everything that had happened.
He stated, “As an offense, we need to move the ball better. “On the ground, you just need to be able to move the chains, and we didn’t do that enough. Through the air. In the red zone, we didn’t score enough goals. source
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