The outcome of the Los Angeles Chargers season will be determined by their Wild Card playoff game this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In addition to the higher stakes that the playoffs lend themselves, the matchup will mark quarterback Justin Herbert’s postseason debut in his third year under center for the Bolts.
Herbert was asked if he had any extra motivation heading into this season-defining matchup and told reporters that he wasn’t so sure that was the case.
“If there was extra fire in my belly this week, it would imply that I didn’t have enough during the regular season,” Herbert said.
“I think we’re treating it like another game because we gave our best effort week in and week out. This is just another great opportunity to go play football and this team is special. We’re looking forward to the challenge, the opportunity of going out there and playing football.”
While he was justified in his answer and wise to make sure not to imply a lack of motivation during the regular season, Herbert is sure to feel an extra push to be great against the Jaguars this weekend.
Jacksonville obliterated Los Angeles in the team’s last meeting in Week 3, and it will take an exceptional performance from Herbert to ensure that his team doesn’t meet the same fate with their season hanging in the balance.