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Chargers QB Justin Herbert says teammates ‘deserve better’ after loss to Jaguars

The Los Angeles Chargers entered the playoffs with plenty of excitement, but that all quickly dissipated after a historic wildcard round collapse against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Chargers became the first team that held a five-turnover edge in a playoff game to lose. Los Angeles held a commanding 27-0 lead in the second quarter but was outscored 31-3 after that point.

“It’s really tough because we think really highly of our team, and that’s a special group of guys in that locker room,” quarterback Justin Herbert said via ESPN. “They deserve better, and it didn’t go our way, and that’s the unfortunate part.”


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Los Angeles had Jacksonville on the ropes early after forcing second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence to throw four interceptions. However, the Chargers never put the game entirely out of reach in the second half, allowing Lawrence to lead a monumental comeback.

The Jaguars scored touchdowns on three consecutive drives to begin the second half. Meanwhile, the Chargers couldn’t keep pace, putting up only one scoring drive resulting in a field goal.

Jacksonville also played quite gutsy by converting a two-point conversion when an extra point would have pulled the team within a field goal late in the fourth quarter.

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The Jaguars followed that up by going with a trickery run play on 4th-and-1 to put them in field goal range with less than two minutes left in regulation.

The loss now puts head coach Brandon Staley’s future in Los Angeles in jeopardy. There were already rumblings that he could be out of a job despite helping guide the franchise back to the playoffs.

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