NFL Super Wild Card Weekend is in full swing!
Trevor Lawrence‘s Jags (9-8) and Justin Herbert‘s Chargers (10-7) face off in the first playoff game between these teams. It also marks the NFL playoff debut of two of the league’s youngest quarterbacks. Heading into Saturday’s game, Jacksonville is 3-1 in home playoff games, while the Bolts are 3-0 all time against AFC South teams in the postseason.
The 49ers are now 6-2 in the wild-card round in the Super Bowl era and 4-0 since 2002. They have now won 26 consecutive playoff games when having a lead of 10 points or more.
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Jacksonville got off to a rough start in this one. Lawrence threw an interception on the Jags’ opening drive, putting the Chargers in the red zone right out of the gate.
Two plays after the turnover, Austin Ekeler punched in a 13-yard touchdown for the Bolts, good for a quick 7-0 lead.
Misfortune struck the Jaguars once again on their second possession, as Lawrence threw his second pick of the first quarter. Heading into Saturday, Jacksonville is 2-12 in Lawrence’s NFL career when he throws an interception.
On the move
The Chargers capitalized on the turnover, as Herbert & Co. charged downfield with urgency. The Bolts added a field goal to take a 10-0 lead late in the first quarter.
The Jags went three-and-out on their next drive. Lawrence followed that up by throwing his third pick of the first quarter. Once again, the Chargers took advantage, as Ekeler punched in his second score of the night. Just like that, it was 17-0.
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Setting the tone
After the Seahawks went three-and-out on their opening possession, the Niners charged downfield with ease on their first drive, which ended with a field goal and an early 3-0 lead.
Finding a rhythm
Once again, Seattle went three-and-out on its following possession.
Then, San Francisco extended its lead to 10-0 after going 85 yards in five plays. Christian McCaffrey started the drive with a monster 68-yard rush, capping it off by reeling in a short touchdown pass from Purdy.
On the hunt
The Seahawks closed the gap early in the second quarter, 10-7, thanks to a 7-yard score from Kenneth Walker.
Seattle took a 14-13 lead on the following drive, courtesy of a jaw-dropping 50-yard score from DK Metcalf.
Both teams traded field goals before the break to keep it a one-point game, 17-16.
Purdy punched in a 1-yard score midway through the third quarter to put the Niners back on top, 23-17.
Sealing the deal
The Niners continued to pour it on as the fourth quarter got underway.
After a costly Seahawks fumble, Elijah Mitchell came up with a 7-yard score on the ensuing drive, followed up by a smooth two-point conversion from star tight end George Kittle to put the home team up 31-17.
The Niners came up with their third touchdown on three consecutive possessions, thanks to the quick feet of Deebo Samuel. Just like that, Purdy & Co. took a 38-17 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Too little, too late
Smith connected with Metcalf for a quick score late in the final frame to close the gap slightly, but it wasn’t enough to spark a comeback, and things ended there, 41-23, after a failed two-point conversion.
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