Super Wild Card Weekend Highlights: Chargers Lead Jags; The 49ers crushed the Seahawks
NFL Super Wild Card Weekend is in full swing!
Trevor Lawrence‘s Jags (9-8) and Justin HerbertThe Chargers (10-7) will meet in the first playoff game between these teams. It also marks the NFL playoff debuts for 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 straight playoff games by 10 points or more.
Here are the best plays!
Jacksonville got off to a rough start in this one. Lawrence had an interception on the Jags’ opening drive, putting the Chargers in the red zone just short of the field goal.
Two plays after the turnover, Austin Thank you punted for a 13-yard touchdown for the Bolts, good for a quick 7-0 lead.
Bad luck struck again for the Jaguars on their second possession as Lawrence made 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 go
The Chargers earned a turnover when Herbert and Co. rushed downfield. The Bolts kicked a field goal late in the first quarter to take a 10-0 lead.
On the next drive, the Jags went three. Lawrence followed that up with a third pick in the first quarter. Once again, the Chargers took advantage as Ekeler scored his second of the night. Just like that, it was 17-0.
Herbert made the tight end Gerald Everett for a 9-yard score to put the Chargers up 24-0 midway through the second quarter.
Setting the tone
After the Seahawks scored three first downs, the Niners went easy downfield 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 next possession.
San Francisco then extended its lead to 10-0 after going 85 yards in five plays. Christian McCaffrey started the drive with a monster 68-yard rush, capped by a short touchdown pass from Purdy.
On the hunt
The Seahawks closed the gap early in the second quarter, 10-7, on a 7-yard score from Kenneth Walker.
Seattle took a 14-13 lead on the next drive, thanks to a stunning 50-yard scoring run by D. C. Metcalfe.
The two teams traded field goals before halftime to keep the game at one point, 17-16.
Purdy hit a 1-yarder 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 began.
After the expensive Seahawks game, Elijah Mitchell went for 7 yards on the next drive, followed by a smooth two-point conversion from the star tight end George Kittle and outscored the home team 31-17.
The Niners rolled to their third touchdown on three straight possessions thanks to quick feet Maybe Samuel. Just like Purdy & Co. led 38-17 early in the fourth quarter.
Too little and too late
Smith connected with Metcalf for a quick field goal late in the final frame to close the gap a bit, but it wasn’t enough to spark a comeback, and that was the end of it, 41-23, after a failed two-point conversion.
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