JACKSONVILLE – This one mattered. Maybe a lot.
The Jaguars on Sunday afternoon rallied twice in the fourth quarter to beat the Baltimore Ravens, 28-27, in a dramatic late November game at TIAA Bank Field. That's impressive enough considering the Ravens led the AFC North at 7-3 entering the game and were on a four-game winning streak.
It was how the Jaguars won that mattered.
That's because they did it with quarterback Trevor Lawrence rallying them late in the game by playing with poise, and with veteran savvy. He threw with accuracy and threw three touchdown passes, including two in the fourth quarter that included a 10-yarder to wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. with :14 remaining. He followed that with a two-point conversion pass to wide receiver Zay Jones for the game-winning points. He made throw after big-time throw, and he gave the Jaguars the victory with a remarkably clutch two-minute drive that ended in the throws to Jones/Jones.
We'll discuss the impressiveness of the performance in the coming days. We might be discussing its importance for a long time. For now, we'll answer questions.
Let's get to it …
Brandon from Omaha
Hey, O. Until today Lawrence hasn't looked like a quarterback that could handle the pressure of a two-minute drive to win the game. You can't be "The Guy" without doing exactly what he just did. That was pretty cool to watch.
The angst and panic over Lawrence last season and early this season were premature – and unfair. But that's OK: Life isn't fair for NFL quarterbacks, particularly those selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft. Lawrence through the first 10 games of this season clearly was improving steadily, but yes … Sunday's game felt like a 'Growing Up' moment. He was big-time in the fourth quarter and sensational on the final drive. I don't use words such as "sensational" often. I rarely gush. Lawrence's performance Sunday was "gush"-worthy. This felt like one that we could look back on say "That's where we knew." Stay tuned.
Unhipcat from Palm Springs, CA
Ugh those uniforms.
This was the much-ballyhooed, oft-anticipated, sometimes-overrated First Email of the Game. The Jaguars wore black jerseys and teal trousers. I don't mind the look, but whatever.
JohnnyD from Cedar Rapids, IA
I take back what I wrote earlier, there is no WAY this team wins another game all year. Just trash.
This came around the time of that first email. Not all emails age well.
Tom from Nocatee
If I remember correctly, the '96 run to the playoffs started with an unexpected victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
The Jaguars in 1996 beat the Ravens twice in dramatic fashion – once to move to 4-6 and once to move to 4-7 – to spur a remarkable, historical late-season and postseason run. I admit the thought crossed my mind Sunday. I can't predict a late season run like that for this team, but yeah … the similarity crossed my mind.
Andy from Halifax
T-Law had some fire in that game!!! Was that different than usual or did it look like he was simply refusing to lose this game?
It was different. It was a talented quarterback who is starting to mature and who is gaining confidence having his first "Magic Moment." The sense here is it means something for the future – perhaps not this season, but the long-term future. We'll see.
Richard from Lincoln, RI
_Saw the end of the game>>>unbelievable!!!! _
Winning is cool. Fans like it!!!
Kevin from Floresville, TX
Going for the two-point conversion and the win after the final touchdown when an extra point would have tied and probably sent the game to overtime? That's gutsy. I don't know that I would have made that call ... but that's gutsy.
Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson followed Lawrence's touchdown pass to Jones in the final seconds by going for the win instead of the tie. Pederson said afterward he was planning before the touchdown to go for the victory. He was further convinced when players wanted to go for it. But players always want to go for it and get no blame when it doesn't work. Yes, Pederson was gutsy going for it. That's his makeup as a coach. When you're aggressive and it works, you're a genius. When it fails, you're an idiot. Tonight, Pederson wears his genius hat. And deservedly so.
Roxypunk7 from Down by the Beach
You see a solid performance by Trevor. I see him adding to his league-leading fumble count. Trevor Lawrence has a lot of Jared Goff in him, and the Jaguars will regret not trading out of the top spot in '21. We can only hope that Trevor performs well the next six games, so he regains some trade value this offseason. #Duuuval
Jaguars games are televised free locally. It's pretty cool, really. Anyone can tune in. No username. No password. You can just watch.
Levi from Huntsville, AL
Um.... Wow. What a game by Trevor. That is all.
You forgot about the fumble.
Paul Since '95 from Duval
Is that … is that light?
Looks like it.
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