Jaguars' Trevor Lawrence throws three first-quarter picks vs. Chargers

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Trevor Lawrence is having a nightmare playoff debut.

The second-year quarterback, who was drafted No. 1 overall in 2021, threw three first-quarter picks as the Jacksonville Jaguars trailed 17-0 at home against the Los Angeles Chargers before adding a fourth in the second.

Lawrence's first occurred on the second play of the game. He tried to fire a quick pass to Jacksonville's top receiver Christian Kirk in the slot, but saw his pass tipped and picked off by Drue Tranquill.

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Chargers running back Austin Ekeler followed it up with a rushing touchdown from 13 yards out.

Then on the ensuing drive, the Jaguars got the ball down to the Chargers territory, but a throw on fourth-and-seven resulted in Asante Samuel, Jr. jumping the route for the pick.

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Los Angeles went down the field and picked up a short field goal to make it 10-0 before Samuel returned on the next drive with another interception, jumping yet another route.

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Ekeler then added another touchdown to his name, this time from running it home from six yards out.

Lawrence finished the quarter completing 4-for-13 passes for 30 yards.

It went from bad to worse in the second quarter, however. Lawrence was picked off yet again by Samuel when attempting a pass in a tight window.

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He is the first QB to throw three picks in the opening quarter of a playoff game, but the Chargers have a history of achieving this against other quarterbacks.

The last quarterback to throw three picks in the first quarter, regular or postseason, was then-Buffalo Bill Nathan Peterman in 2017 -- and it was against the Chargers.

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The 23-year-old Lawrence had just eight picks in 17 games this season, with just two in his last nine. That changed immediately in his first postseason appearance.