Jaguars rally to beat Chargers 20-17 in OT for 3rd straight

Jaguars rally to beat Chargers 20-17 in OT for 3rd straight

Phillip Rivers threw a backbreaking interception in overtime, and Josh Lambo kicked the game-winning 30-yard field goal moments later, as the Jacksoville Jaguars clawed back to stun the Los Angeles Chargers, 20-17 at EverBank Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Jaguars (6-3) remain tied with Tennessee atop the AFC South. Los Angeles fell to 3-6.

On their two possessions in the final stages of the matchup, and despite an interception on his first game-tying drive attempt, Jaguars QB Blake Bortles successfully led Jacksonville to a game-tying field goal on his second drive under the two-minute warning to push the game to overtime.

The fourth-year quarterback followed up back-to-back standout performances in the two previous weeks by completing 28-of-51 passes for 273 passing yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

The Jaguars carried that defensive momentum into overtime. His top red-zone weapon was running back Alex Ekeler, who caught five passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns.

Their run game doing nothing, the Jaguars ignored it late in the third quarter ... literally.

Los Angeles took the lead 17-14 on a 50-yard field goal by Nick Novak with 10:35 to play in the game.

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Rivers and the Chargers responded to the Jaguars' touchdown score on the next drive.

NOTES: Both teams were without their starting right tackles.

In the last four games, the Chargers have averaged 110 rushing yards a contest, compared to 68 yards a game the first four games. He couldn't return, which left the Jaguars with left guard Tyler Shatley taking over the duties. The Jaguars made Jermey Parnell (knee) inactive, while Joe Barksdale (turf toe) missed the game for Los Angeles. But in overtime, Bouye intercepted Philip Rivers, fighting Travis Benjamin for the football and making a 51-yard return.

The Chargers shut down Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette. Marrone opted to go for it (incomplete pass) instead of a 53-yard Josh Lambo field goal attempt (he was good from 56 yards at the other end of the field last week).

After all the chaos, Lambo drilled a 34-yard field goal to send it to the extra period.

"I was telling Jalen (Ramsey) before the game and especially at halftime that turnovers don't get rolling until one of the DBs gets it and then once Malik (Jackson) got that big hit and Gip (Tashaun) was aware of it, the turnovers just started rolling and we had just a little bit of extra energy", said Bouye.

The Jaguars led 6-0 with 24 seconds left in the first quarter. However, after a replay review, Jackson was ruled down after recovering the fumble, negating the touchdown, but setting up Jacksonville nicely on the Chargers 36-yard-line. Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee was called for a taunting, which left the Jaguars facing a third-and-25 scenario. The Jaguars ran into a snafu in the second half when long snapper Matt Overton hurt his shoulder on a punt. The Jaguars also lost special teams core player Arrelious Benn to a knee injury early in the game.

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