And while the 135 rushing yards allowed matched what the Chargers have been giving up, 56 of them came on one first-quarter touchdown run.
Jacksonville running back
To say linebacker
Perryman, the 2015 second-round pick out of Miami, was all over the
"I made some plays, I missed a few tackles, but it felt good to get back out there and knock some rust off," Perryman said. "I give credit to the guys up front. The linebackers can't get downhill unless those guys are doing their job. The whole game, they freed us up, and we went downhill and made plays."
One of Perryman's best plays came on a third and one from the Jaguars' 41-yard line in the second quarter, when he shot a gap and hit Fournette in the backfield, allowing strong safety Jahleel Addae to tackle Fournette for a one-yard loss and force a punt. Perryman played all but a handful of plays before exiting the game.
"Yeah, I expected him to play that much," cornerback
Chargers defensive lineman Chris McCain was prepared for the Jaguars to attempt a fake punt, seeing as they pulled one off in London on Sept. 24, when Corey Grant took a short snap and ran 58 yards to set up a touchdown against Baltimore.
"They ran it before," McCain said. "Yeah, we knew they would do fakes."
Rookie defensive back Desmond King, who plays on most of the Chargers' special teams, must have missed the memo. He admitted to being caught off guard when Grant took a short snap in punt formation and ran 56 yards for a touchdown to give Jacksonville a 6-0 lead with 24 seconds left in the first quarter.
"No, I didn't think it was coming; nobody thought it was coming," King said. "It was probably something they game-planned for and read."
McCain nearly stopped Grant near the line, grabbing for the runner's ankles as a Jaguars lineman fell on him, but was unable to hold on. Grant faked out King in the open field at the Chargers' 40-yard line and cut back to elude return man
Tre Boston had two interceptions in the final two minutes of regulation, seemingly sealing a win for the Chargers, but the free safety was still kicking himself after the game about the one that got away.
Early in the fourth quarter from the Jacksonville 41 with the Chargers leading 17-14, Jaguars quarterback
Boston stepped in front of the receiver and had a clear shot at the ball and the end zone, but dropped a potential interception that could have given the Chargers a 24-14 lead.
"I was heading toward the end zone," Boston said. "I dropped it. I promised my guys I'd get them back. I ended up with two [interceptions]. I should have had three. We didn't win the ballgame, so it doesn't mean anything."