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Robert Zeglinski

Trevor Lawrence threw 4 brutal INTs to start his NFL playoff career … in the first half

The Jacksonville Jaguars entered their AFC Wild Card Game against the Los Angeles Chargers, riding a wave of success. Jacksonville, led by Trevor Lawrence and a playmaking defense, hadn’t lost a game since the first Sunday of December. Come the postseason, with “Golden Boy” Lawrence making his playoff debut, the Jaguars looked like a real force to be reckoned with.

That is, until Lawrence actually had to play against the Chargers’ defense. The Jaguars had three first-quarter possessions on Saturday night. And on each of them, Lawrence threw a brutal pick as L.A. capitalized by amassing a 17-0 lead. Through 15 minutes of play, the young QB had the same number of completions (3) as interceptions (also 3!) through one quarter.

You probably couldn’t imagine a worse start to a postseason career for a young star. (Hey, not everyone can be Brock Purdy.)

By the time the Jaguars could even catch their breath, they were down 27-0 after Lawrence had thrown a fourth pick (!) halfway through the second quarter, three to Asante Samuel Jr. That put Lawrence in the dubious company of some of the worst NFL playoff debuts ever for a quarterback:

Also, at one point, Samuel Jr. had as many catches (3) from Lawrence as his actual receivers (3). You read that right, don’t worry:

What was supposed to be a promising return to the postseason for a young Jaguars team on the rise instead turned into an early outright nightmare for the face of their franchise.

NFL fans roasted Lawrence's turnover-laden playoff debut against the Chargers

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