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Jaguars win third straight, beating Chargers 20-17 in o.t.

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Jaguars win third straight, beating Chargers 20-17 in o.t.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Josh Lambo kicked a 30-yard field goal with 3:12 remaining in overtime, lifting the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 20-17 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Lambo's kick got tipped at the line of scrimmage and still cleared the crossbar. The former soccer player ran the other way and slid on both knees near midfield before getting mobbed by teammates.

It gave Jacksonville its first three-game winning streak since 2013.

The game ended up in overtime after a wild and wacky final two minutes of regulation that included a fumble, two interceptions, a taunting penalty and a costly flag for roughing the passer. At times, it looked as if neither team wanted to win.

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

After Jacksonville punted, A.J. Bouye intercepted a pass from Philip Rivers on third down and returned it to the 2-yard line. But a taunting call on cornerback Aaron Colvin pushed the Jaguars (6-3) back 15 yards. Lambo hit the winner a few plays later.

Colvin's penalty was just the last in a crazy series of poor decisions for both teams. Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee was called for taunting in regulation, and Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa was flagged for unnecessary roughness that set up the game-tying kick in regulation.

On top of those, Chargers rookie Austin Ekeler fumbled while trying to run out the clock with a three-point lead, and Blake Bortles threw two interceptions while trying to rally the Jaguars in the final two minutes.

Bortles completed 28 of 51 passes for 273 yards, with a touchdown and the two picks. Leonard Fournette ran for 33 yards on 17 carries and failed to score for the first time in his rookie season.

Rivers threw for 235 yards and two scores, both to Ekeler, but his interception proved to be the most costly of all the late-game mistakes.

The Chargers (3-6) lost for the first time in seven games in the series.

The Jaguars scored on a fake punt and on a drive that included 11 consecutive passes from Bortles.

Corey Grant took a direct snap on a fourth-and-7 play, juked one defender, made another miss and then zigzagged his way for a 56-yard touchdown in the first quarter. It was the second straight week Jacksonville got a huge play from special teams. Jaydon Mickens returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown in a victory against Cincinnati last week.

With the NFL's top running game stalled, the Jags turned to Bortles. He threw a perfect pass to Marqise Lee for a 6-yard score in the third and then found his top receiver for a 2-point conversation that tied the game at 14.

After the two interceptions late, Bortles directed the game-tying drive at the end of regulation.

INJURIES

Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns was carried to the locker room with a right leg injury late in regulation. ... Jaguars special teams ace Arrelious Benn injured his right knee in the first half and was later ruled out. ... Jaguars lost long-snapper Matt Overton (right shoulder) in the fourth quarter. ... Both teams played without their starting right tackle. Los Angeles' Joe Barksdale (foot) and Jacksonville's Jermey Parnell (knee) missed the game after being listed as questionable Friday.

BRADLEY RETURNS

Former Jaguars head coach and current Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley returned to Jacksonville 11 months after being fired. Bradley, who went 14-48 in three-plus seasons in Jacksonville, avoided most pre-game contact with former players and assistants. A few Jaguars coaches tracked down Bradley on the opposite side of the field, but it was clear Bradley wanted to save any reunions for after the game.

UP NEXT

Chargers: Host Buffalo next Sunday, the first of three home games in four weeks.

Jaguars: Play at winless Cleveland next Sunday, the first of two straight on the road.

Game within the game: Patriots' slow start has got to go

Game within the game: Patriots' slow start has got to go

GAME WITHIN THE GAME 
Who gets the drop on the other guy? The Lions had a pick-6 to open their season and immediately burped up that lead against the Jets, fought back, then got their doors blown off. There was a strong scent of give-up from Detroit in the first game and if the Patriots – in front of a national television audience – begin to de-pants Patricia, expect the Lions crowd to jump ugly. Meanwhile, the Patriots have been staggering around offensively and defensively in the early portions of games going back to last season. Can’t have it. Can’t.

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LIONS GOTTA STOP


James White. Sticking with him since I’m thinking the Lions will tilt the field to Gronk and just hammer the message to not lose White in space.
 
PATRIOTS GOTTA STOP


Golden Tate. Even though Kenny Golladay’s put up the bigger numbers (13 catches, 203 yards), Tate (14 catches, 188) is so useful, smart and threatening at every level. He’s a third-down pain in the posterior.
 
THAT SUMS IT UP PATRIOTS STYLE


“I’ve seen a lot of defenses - we have, just as an offense - and you just never know what you’re going to get. You never know the game plan. You’ve got to be prepared for all and just got to go out there and execute. It doesn’t matter what you see, if you know what’s coming -- it doesn’t matter unless you go out there and execute.” – Rob Gronkowski on trying to anticipate what will be thrown at him
 
THAT SUMS IT UP LIONS STYLE
“He’s hands-down the best, in my opinion, that ever played the game. He knows everything. He knows what defense you’re in. So, we just have to do a good job of doing our job of getting the rush in his face, trying to throw different stuff at him. But at the end of the day, it’s about us. They’re coming in our house trying to eat off our plate. We’ve just got to do what we’ve got to do to get a win.” – Eli Harold, Lions linebacker, on Tom Brady.
 
THE WINNER IS...

Patriots 34, Lions 23

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When the Lions have the ball: Patriots D has to play faster

When the Lions have the ball: Patriots D has to play faster

WHEN THE LIONS HAVE THE BALL


There are two things worth watching here. First, the plague of “my bad”-type mistakes against the Jaguars last week was arresting. It’s a bad angle here, a loss of contain there, loss of leverage, great play by the offense, mental stuff, physical stuff. 

The Patriots need to tighten it up and to do so, I think they need to play faster, which is something Jerod Mayo also said on Quick Slants the Podcast. The other aspect, though, is that this is a more competent contingent of players than the Jaguars brought to the field. Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay are a good complement of wideouts and – if Matt Stafford heats up – he can be as dangerous as any quarterback in the NFL. 

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Jones is the downfield threat, Tate is the underneath, possession, move-the-chains guy, Golladay is the guy who profits when defenses worry too much about the other two. Stafford has thrown the ball 99 times in two games and their leading rusher in each game has had just eight carries. With Patrick Chung likely down, the safety spot alongside Devin McCourty is going to be manned by either Nate Ebner or Jason McCourty for the most part. My suspicion is, Detroit will make some plays.
 

THE KICKING GAME
The Lions kick returner is Jamal Agnew and he had a day last week against the Niners on kickoffs. Their punter is Sam Martin and he’s averaging 45.4 yards per punt but has a horrific net average of 26.5 because the Lions allowed a punt return touchdown in Week 1 against the Jets. Their kicker is veteran Matt Prater. He’s missed once this season. Other than Stephen Gostkowski’s shank last week, the Pats have been solid in the kicking game. Punt returner remains unfinished business, though, as the team will be without Chung (likely) and signed Cyrus Jones back to the active roster.

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