JACKSONVILLE - In one of the more bizarre finishes in not only Jacksonville Jaguar history, but maybe in NFL history, the Jaguars responded to a late fourth quarter fumble by quarterback Trevor …
JACKSONVILLE - In one of the more bizarre finishes in not only Jacksonville Jaguar history, but maybe in NFL history, the Jaguars responded to a late fourth quarter fumble by quarterback Trevor Lawrence that looked to seal away any chance of a Jaguar comeback win with an interception pick-six touchdown (IN OVERTIME) from cornerback Rayshawn Jenkins to beat the Dallas Cowboys 40-34 Sunday in TIAA Bank Field.
Lawrence rallied the Jaguars from a seemingly insurmountable 27-10 deficit in the third quarter with three touchdowns including a third score to wide receiver Zay Jones that put Jacksonville ahead 31-27 with 10:03 left in the game, but Cowboy quarterback Dak Prescott answered with a 75 yard scoring play to give the Cowboys a 34-31 lead with 3:02 to go.
“We just kept chipping away against a really good football team,” Jaguar coach Doug Pederson said in his post game press conference. “They’re one of the top teams in the league. This win today just gives our guys confidence in who they are as a team. The guys are starting to believe in themselves.”
In the overtime period, after a Jaguar field goal of 48 yards put the game into overtime, the Jaguar were stopped on their initial possession giving Dallas the win if they scored on their possession.
On the crucial play, Lawrence tried to stretch a scramble out of the pocket only to lose the ball to the Cowboys in what seemed like the end of the Jaguar comeback attempt.
On a Prescott third and four pass, Jenkins snared a somewhat deflected pass in the air that Tre Herndon popped up in front of Dallas receiver A.J. Brown and returned it 52 yards for the gamewinner with Prescott getting brushed aside near the five yard line attempting a tackle.
“I saw it pop in the air and I was like, ‘Yo, I’ve got to score right here,” Jenkins said, after the game. “There was a huge block by someone in front of me. I was running for daylight.”
The win gives the Jaguars a possible playoff spot at 6-8. Who Knew?
With three games remaining in the 2022 NFL season, Jacksonville is still a long shot to earn an AFC wild-card berth with a ceiling of 9-8, but the team now is in a much better position in the NFL playoff picture.
There are too many teams ahead of the Jaguars for them to earn the No. 7 seed and third wild card; finishing, at best, a game above .500 isn’t likely to cut it. But they have a more promising path to the Super Bowl 57 tournament as AFC South champions — which would give them a No. 4 seed and a first-round home game.
The Jaguars’ road to the division title is now easy to follow. They just need to finish one game better than the Titans (now 7-7) in the final three games to pull even in the standings, with one of those wins coming over the Titans in Week 18 in Jacksonville to secure the head-to-head tiebreaker.