With my Saints not making the playoffs this year (seriously, why are we keeping Dennis Allen?), I’ve been trying to figure out who to root for in this year’s NFL playoffs.
Well I may have found my team – and my quarterback.
It’s understandable if you didn’t stick around for the second half of the AFC wild card game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Chargers were up 27-0 on the Jaguars near the end of the first half. Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence had thrown four interceptions, and the game had all the makings of a repeat of Georgia’s blowout over TCU in the National Championship Game.
I’m sure a lot of TVs tuned out before the Jaguars even managed to get on the board with a touchdown with 30 seconds left in the first half.
But anybody who turned it off missed one of the biggest comebacks in NFL playoff history. The Jags rallying to cut the Chargers’ lead to two before a last second field goal would erase the 27-point deficit and give Jacksonville an incredible 31-30 win.
Lawrence threw four touchdowns in the improbable comeback, which turned out to be the third-largest in NFL postseason history. And combined with the fact that the Jaguars had the worst record in the NFL just last year at 3-14 (after the disastrous and short-lived tenure of Urban Meyer), the fact that they’ve managed to make such a quick turnaround and win their last 6 games in a row makes it hard to root against this comeback team.
And if I needed another reason to cheer for the Jags this postseason, Trevor Lawrence gave me one with his postgame celebration: He went to Waffle House.
Photos and videos posted online show the comeback kid and some of his teammates walking into their local Waffle House last night following their win, receiving quite the ovation from their hometown crowd.