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Trevor Lawrence Turns in Performance For The Ages In Win Over Ravens

todayNovember 27, 2022


By Hays Carlyon

Trevor Lawrence authored the greatest performance by a Jaguars quarterback I’ve ever seen on Sunday.

Maybe the best in franchise history.

The numbers would suggest so, as would your eyes.

That was magical.

You should be ecstatic today, Jaguars.

You should have a smile that can’t be anything but radiant.

Your Chosen One delivered in a way only the elite can rallying the team to a stunning victory.

Lawrence threw for three touchdowns, including the game-winning two-point conversion with 14 seconds left, as the Jaguars edged Baltimore 28-27 on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field. The Jaguars improved to 4-7 and dropped the Ravens to 7-4. The Jaguars are three games out of the AFC South lead behind Tennessee (7-4), who they still play twice in the final six games.

“We’re just appreciative of where we are, how far we’ve come, kind of what’s in front of us still,” Lawrence said. “We said it’s a new season once we got back from the bye week. You can’t win seven games until you win one. We had to start today. Obviously, there was some adversity and we had to battle through it, and we just found a way. It was incredible.”

Lawrence completed 29 of 37 passes for 321 yards for a passer rating of 129.8. That is the highest rating in Jaguars history in a game with as many passing attempts. There have been 133 games in franchise history in which the quarterback threw at least 37 passes.

You should be glowing.

Lawrence lost standout running back Travis Etienne early to a foot injury. He overcame it.

The Ravens took a 19-10 lead in the fourth quarter. He overcame it.

Lawrence faced a third-down-and-21 situation with 1:51 left and no timeouts after a sack. He overcame it.

In all, Lawrence completed eight passes of at least 16 yards. Five of them came in the fourth quarter.

This was a performance against a winning franchise with a tough defense that Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers would love to call their own.

Lawrence made brilliant throw after brilliant throw.

He said after the game that his favorite throw was a 27-yard sideline completion to receiver Zay Jones on a fourth-and-8 situation to the Ravens 18-yard line with under nine minutes to play.

“That’s a play that we’ve worked and weren’t sure exactly what they were going to do coverage-wise,” Lawrence said. “It’s kind of a nuanced route. We were just on the same page, put it over the top of the corner, and he made a great play, ran a great route, and put it in the right spot. So that was a cool one.”

On the third-and-21, Lawrence completed a 16-yard pass to Christian Kirk to the Jaguars’ 30 to kickstart the game-winning drive. Lawrence quickly snapped the ball on fourth-and-5 and completed a 10-yard pass to receiver Marvin Jones.

“We’re sitting there at third and 21, not really where you want to be to start a two-minute drive to win the game,” Lawrence said. “But just guys in the huddle never lost faith, didn’t flinch. Right back to the huddle, next play. It didn’t really matter what happened. That belief that we have in one another, we’ve been on the wrong side of these a lot, and it’s cool to see, even though that’s happened a lot, we still have never lost faith, always trusted one another. It felt good to be on the other side of this one.”

The Jaguars pushed to the Ravens 39 with 36 seconds left. Lawrence threw a beauty downfield to Zay Jones for a 29-yard gain.

He then lofted a gorgeous pass into the end zone that Marvin Jones was able to corral and stay in bounds for the touchdown.

Jaguars coach Doug Pederson elected to go for the 2-point conversion and the victory.

Lawrence took a quick drop and threw a pass with tremendous velocity to Zay Jones on an out route.

“I’m really, really proud of this group,” Lawrence said. “I’m proud of myself. We’ve been through a lot here in the past two years, and just battled through the adversity. It’s a good feeling. But I’ve said it before, I’m the same guy. I’ve always been this guy. I haven’t always played my best every week, and that’s going to happen sometimes, but I really love the direction that this offense, this team is heading, and we feel really good about who we are, but I’m the same guy.”

While other young quarterbacks are stumbling around the league, Lawrence is thriving.

In his 28th career start, Lawrence offered up the most explosive and clutch performance against a quality opponent perhaps in franchise history.

Bask in the euphoria.

(You can email Hays at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @HaysCarlyon).

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