Defensive miscues lead to loss against Jaguars
The fumble by Ekeler was costly in the Jacksonville game but just four plays later, Blake Bortles gave the ball right back to the Chargers by throwing an interception to Tre Boston. However, rather than run up the field with the ball, he simply ran out of bounds at the Chargers’ own 10-yard line.
Boston could have easily gotten 20-30 yards on a return. Why is this significant? Because the Chargers went three-and-out on three run plays and ended up having to punt the ball from their own 16-yard line. After the return, Jacksonville the ball at their own 48-yard line rather than somewhere between their 10 and 20-yard line.
That helped Bortles and the Jags, who only had 50 seconds on the clock. Bortles was able to move his team into field-goal range where former Charger Josh Lambo hit a 34-yard field goal to send the game into overtime. Of course, the biggest play for the Jaguars on that drive was a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty called against Joey Bosa.
On 1st-and-10 from the Chargers’ 35-yard line, Bortles missed a pass to T.J. Yeldon but Bosa made a terrible mistake but hitting Bortles late. That moved the ball to the Chargers’ 20-yard line, making the field goal much, much easier.
Of course, the Chargers would go on to lose this game in overtime.