The Los Angeles Chargers will hit the road again for the fifth time in nine games this season. After facing the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, the Chargers host the Buffalo Bills at the StubHub Center, then travel on a short week to face the Dallas Cowboys, who will be without talented running back Ezekiel Elliott, on Thanksgiving Day. The Jaguars were eventually able to win the game on a 30-yard field goal by kicker Josh Lambo.
In the last four games, the Chargers have averaged 110 rushing yards a contest, compared to 68 yards a game the first four games.
The Jaguars (6-3) remain tied with Tennessee atop the AFC South. Los Angeles fell to 3-6.
Cornerback A.J. Bouye. In the third quarter, he was called for his first penalty since Week 1, a 22-yard pass interference call to set up the Chargers' second touchdown (14-6 lead).
Rivers threw deep and Bouye outfought receiver Travis Benjamin to grab the ball and return it to the Los Angeles 2-yard line. The Jaguars might as well keep calling it since it has worked every time.
The Jaguars offense was unable to take advantage of the great field position and gave the ball right back to the Chargers on Bortles' second interception of the game. The fourth overall pick in the draft was held to 33 yards on 17 carries.
Rivers finished the game with 235 yards and two touchdowns, but his lone interception proved to be the difference in the game.
The Jaguars answered when Bortles connected with receiver Marqise Lee for a 6-yard touchdown pass.
Their run game doing nothing, the Jaguars ignored it late in the third quarter ... literally. The kicker connected on a 50-yard attempt that put the Chargers up 17-14 with 10:29 left in the game.
The Jaguars opened the scoring with some trickery.
"I'm exhausted right now", Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said.
The special teams' surge was short-lived, as Lambo had his extra point blocked.
On fourth-and-7 with 34 seconds left in the first quarter, the Jaguars faked a punt and ran the ball with running back Corey Grant. Ekeler showed incredible balance after breaking away from Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith and cornerback Jalen Ramsey near the sideline.
An unnecessary roughness penalty on Bosa put the Jaguars at the Los Angeles 20-yard line with 20 seconds left in the game. The Chargers were also without LB Hayes Pullard (neck), their leading tackler with 58. Much like with its first touchdown score, Los Angeles benefited from the connection between Rivers and Ekeler. He was activated after a stint on injured reserve with an ankle injury. I essentially could have cost my team the game. Long snapper Matt Overton left the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return. The Jaguars replaced starting left guard Patrick Omameh with backup Tyler Shatley. With Bortles desperately trying to get his team in field goal range to force overtime, Bosa inexplicably hit him way after the incompleted pass. Before the game, many of Bradley's former players and assistants greeted the coach in a reunion on the field.
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