Gameday Recap: Washington Commanders Score Late TD to Beat Jaguars

By Mike Bonts
Florida Sports Wire

Trailing by two points with less than two minutes left to play in the game, Washington drove from their own 10-yard line to the Jaguars 24.

Facing a third and 8, Commanders’ quarterback Carson Wentz found Jahan Dotson in end zone to seal a 28-22 comeback win over Jacksonville. Dotson scored his second TD of the afternoon.

On the Jaguars’ ensuing drive, Darrick Forrest secured an interception to close out the game.

Jacksonville QB Trevor Lawrence was 24 of 42 for 275 yards with one interception.

The Jaguars No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, Travon Walker, became the first rookie since T.J. Watt in 2017 to have an interception and a sack in his league debut.

Devin Lloyd recorded a team-high 11 tackles in his NFL debut. Jaguars’ linebacker Josh Allen recorded four total tackles, including two tackles for loss, and one forced fumble. Allen forced a fumble in the second quarter recovered by Foye Oluokun.

Trailing 22-14, the Commanders’ Terry McLaurin hauled in a 49-yard touchdown. After a failed two-point conversion, the Commanders closed the gap, 22-20.

After jumping out to a 14-3 lead in the first half, Washington came back from an eight-point deficit.

Wentz completed 27-of-41 passes for 313 yards and four touchdowns but threw two interceptions on back-to-back plays.

Antonio Gibson was the top playmaker for the Commanders, leading the team in rushing and receiving with 130 total yards on 21 touches. Curtis Samuel finished the day with 72 total yards.

A 49-yard bomb from Lawrence to Christian Kirk put the Jaguars at the Washington 16-yard line. Kirk made six catches for 117 yards.

Three plays later, James Robinson scored his first touchdown of the season to close the gap. Robinson rushed 11 times for 66 yards.

A failed two-point conversion made the score 14-9.

After an interception by Wentz, Lawrence moved the offense 19 yards downfield to get in range for a 44-yard field goal, giving the visitors a 15-14 lead.

On the first play on Washington’s next series Wentz pass was intercepted and returned to their 11-yard line. One play later, Robinson’s TD run made the score 22-14.

Washington outgained the Jaguars by seven yards, 390-383. Washington was able to string together drives on a more consistent basis, though, even with the lull in the second half. It converted 7-of-10 third downs compared to the Jaguars’ 3-of-12.

The Jaguars host the AFC South rival Indianapolis Colts next Sunday. The Colts and Houston Texans played to a 20-20 tie.

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