The NFL Super Wild Card weekend is in full swing!
Currently, the AFC takes center stage as the 5-seed Los Angeles Chargers take on the 4-seed Jacksonville Jaguars.
Trevor Lawrence‘s Jags (9-8) and Justin Herbert‘s Chargers (10-7) will face each other 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 games, while the Bolts are always 3-0 against AFC South teams in the postseason.
Previously on FOX, rookie third-string quarterback Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers cruised to an impressive 41-23 victory Gene Smith and the Seattle Seahawks to advance to the Divisional Round.
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 by 10 points or more.
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Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville got off to a rocky start in this one. Lawrence threw an interception on the Jags’ opening drive, putting the Chargers right out of the gate into the red zone.
Two games after the turnover, Austin Thank you batted in a 13-yard touchdown for the Bolts to give them a quick 7-0 lead.
Misfortune struck the Jaguars 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 way
The Chargers benefited from the turnover, while Herbert & Co. rushed off the field. 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 scored his second score of the night. So it was 17-0.
Herbert hit tight end Gerald Everett for a 9-yard score to put the Chargers up 24–0 midway through the second quarter.
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San Francisco 49ers 41, Seattle Seahawks 23
Setting the tone
After the Seahawks went three-and-out on their first possession, the Niners stormed downfield with ease on their first drive, which ended with a field goal and an early 3–0 lead.
Find a rhythm
Again, Seattle went three-and-out on the next possession.
Then, San Francisco extended the lead to 10-0 after going 85 yards in five plays. Christian Macaffrey began the drive with a monstrous 68-yard rush, which was capped off by reeling in a short touchdown pass from Purdy.
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 next drive, thanks to a stunning 50-yard score from DK Metcalf.
Both teams traded field goals before halftime to keep it a one-point game, 17-16.
Purdy hit a 1-yard score midway through the third quarter to put the Niners back on top, 23–17.
Seal the deal
The Niners kept going 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 by a smooth two-point conversion from star tight end George Kittel to put the home side at 31-17.
The Niners came up with their third touchdown on three consecutive possessions, courtesy of Deebo Samuel. For example, Purdy & Co. 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 that’s where it ended, 41-23, after a failed two-point conversion.
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