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Chargers Charger themselves out of what looked like sure win that would have moved them into tie for second in AFC West

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NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

You hear that coughing sound? It’s coming from Jacksonville, but it isn’t the Jaguars, it’s their West Coast counterpart Los Angeles Chargers who choked away what looked like a sure win as only the Chargers can.

It started in the waining seconds of the first quarter. Both teams were still scoreless and the Jaguars lined up the punt, direct snapped it to Corey Graham, who broke a tackle and took it 56 yards for the score. Former Chargers kicker Josh Lambo’s extra point was blocked to keep it at 6-0.

Late in the second quarter, Phillip Rivers dumped the ball off to running back Austin Ekeler who was just able to stay inbounds to go up the right sideline for a 28-yard touchdown to send the two teams to the locker room with the Chargers up 7-6.

Early in the third quarter, Rivers and Ekeler did it again on an almost identical play from 22 yards out to go up 13-6 over the Jaguars.

The Jaguars weren’t going away though. Late in the third, from the LA 6-yard-line, Blake Bortles rolled right and hit Marquis Lee for a touchdown at the right pylon. Then the two hooked up again on a nearly identical play for a successful two-point conversion to tie it up at 14-14 heading into the 4th quarter.

Early in the 4th quarter, the Chargers would take a 17-14 lead and that was still the score at the two minute warning when Jaguars QB Blake Bortles had a pass tipped by Casey Hayward and intercepted by Tre Boston at their own 36-yard-line. For some teams that would be the clincher. But not the Chargers.

The first play, Ekeler — who had both of the Chargers touchdowns on the day — fumbled the ball. The Jaguars took over already in scoring position.

Apparently, the Jaguars didn’t really want to win this one either, because Marquis Lee — who scored the touchdown and 2-point conversion that tied it up earlier — was called for taunting, moving the Jaguars back. Then in third and 25, Bortles gave the ball right back to the Chargers, throwing up an easy interception again to Tre Boston.

At that point, the Jaguars still had all their timeouts, and the Chargers once again could do nothing with it. They took a grand total of :16 seconds off the clock and punted it back to the Jaguars with 1:08 remaining.

A couple completions and the Jaguars were in first and 10 at the LA 35-yard-line. Bortles threw incomplete, but Joey Bosa was flagged for roughing the passer — though it was a terrible call. That moved the ball to the 20-yard-line, and that former Chargers kicker Lambo came out and kicked a 34-yard field goal to send the game to overtime.

After a stalled drive by the Jaguars, the Charger took over and Phillip Rivers went deep up the left sideline where AJ Bouye made an incredible interception. Bouye then returned it 51 yards to the Chargers’ 17-yard-line. A few plays later, out came Lambo to seal the deal. His kick was blocked AGAIN, but still cleared the crossbar to send his old team back to the West Coast with a 20-17 OT loss.

The loss drops the Chargers to 3-6 on the season in sole possession of last place in the division, at least for the moment. The Broncos take on the Patriots on Sunday Night Football.

Here is how the AFC West looks until then:

Chiefs 6-3 (Div 2-1)

Raiders 4-5 (Div 1-2)

Broncos 3-5 (Div 2-2)

Chargers 3-6 (Div 2-2)