Trevor Lawrence was gratified of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ battling play against the Miami Dolphins as the number one draft pick glorified his first professional victory and the end of the second-longest NFL losing streak in history.
On Sunday afternoon, a packed Tottenham Hotspur Stadium witnessed an exciting all-Florida match, with the Dolphins taking the lead thanks to a Jaylen Waddle score.
Lawrence scored with Marvin Jones Jr. late in the first half, and James Robinson scored early in the third quarter to give the Jags hope of snapping their 20-game losing streak.
After rookie Waddle’s second score of the day, the game was thought to be heading to overtime when Matthew Wright kicked a 54-yard from goal to tie the game in London.
However, the Jaguars kicker made a crucial goal from 53 yards to secure a 23-20 victory, giving head coach Urban Meyer and quarterback Lawrence their first NFL victory.
JAGS WIN! JAGS WIN! #DUUUVAL
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“It’s different, it’s special,” Lawrence said. “Obviously we’ve had a rough start to the year, been through a lot of adversity even in this game, just having to fight back, battle back and find a way to win.
“It means a lot, and obviously, as I said, we’ve struggled a little bit, but to get this win, have this moment going into the bye week, to do it here in London, it’s all just special.
“I’ll always remember this one. My first win, out here, it’s just hard, hard to even imagine. It’s awesome.
“I’m just really proud of this group. We decided earlier this week, we’re going to win this game, and we talked about it on the sideline, there’s going to be so many ups and downs throughout every game you’ve just got to keep playing, and we did that and found a way to win.”
Lawrence had a strong showing in north London, but it was kicker Wright who stole the show, scoring three field goals just 20 days after joining the Jaguars practice squad.
“He was telling me he was like a software engineer like a month and a half ago, and now he snapped our 20-game losing streak and made the game-winner from 53,” the Jags QB said.
“Just crazy. You can’t even make it up. Proud of him. Just proud of this team.”
Urban Meyer, the Jaguars’ head coach, confessed they were “desperate for a win” in London, where Miami’s Brian Flores claimed responsibility for the loss.
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“You know, that’s up to me,” he said of their run of five straight losses. “I’m not doing a good enough job.
“Not playing consistently enough. Not coaching well enough. Not playing well enough. And not playing consistent enough.
“Some positive plays. Consistent ball first half, a little bit in the second half but we’re just not putting it together. That starts with me.”