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Austin Ekeler plays well early, but Chargers falter in OT giveaway to Jags

Austin Ekeler plays well early, but Chargers falter in OT giveaway to Jags
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November 12

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Los Angeles Chargers reverted to their old ways on the road Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.Quarterback Philip Rivers was trying to push the ball down the field to Travis Benjamin in overtime but instead threw an interception to cornerback A.J. Bouye, who returned the ball to the Chargers' 1-yard line.Rivers made a tackle on the play, and Jacksonville was penalized for taunting afterward, pushing the ball back to the 17.Three plays later, former Chargers kicker Josh Lambo drilled a 30-yarder, handing Los Angeles a 20-17 overtime loss.The Chargers led for most of the game but dropped to 3-6 on the year, and their playoff hopes appear to be on life support.The latest loss continued a troubling trend of the Chargers faltering late in games. Since the start of 2015, the Chargers have lost 11 games that have been decided by three points or fewer -- most in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats mp; InformationThe Chargers are 8-17 since the start of last season. Of those 17 losses, 14 have been within one possession -- also the most in the NFL in that span.Entering Sunday, the Chargers had won six straight against the Jaguars and appeared to have this one put away in regulation.The Chargers had possession with 1:51 left on a first-and-15 from their 37. However, undrafted Chargers rookie Austin Ekeler fumbled after Malik Jackson hit his helmet on the football. Tashaun Gipson recovered, but the Chargers managed to keep the Jaguars from scoring when Tre Boston corralled his second interception of the game.

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