Jaguars' first scrappy win of the season prepares them for challenges moving forward

Entering Week 10, the Jaguars had only won games in blowout fashion. On Sunday, they were probably lucky to come out on top.

Jacksonville broke a six-game losing streak to the Los Angeles Chargers in a 20-17 overtime win. Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo was forced to make two clutch field goals to tie and win the game.

It didn't come down to the wire. The fuse on regulation burnt out before the game could be decided.

The circumstances were unlike anything the Jaguars had experienced this season.

"That's definitely the craziest game I've ever played in," linebacker Myles Jack said. "It's huge to get a win like that because now when we get in tight games like that we've been there before."

The Jaguars have a history of being dominated by Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. He had produced 19-straight touchdowns without an interception against the Jaguars heading into overtime.

During the extended period, Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye intercepted a pass intended for wide receiver Travis Benjamin. The defensive back returned the ball deep into Chargers territory and set up the game-winning field goal.

It was a sigh of relief following a rough fourth quarter.

"To be honest, I don't think it had anything to do with the Chargers," safety Peyton Thompson said. "It was just nice to come together as a unit and a family and execute the things that we work on."

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The Jaguars are now 6-3 and in the thick of the playoff hunt.

"We know that when we come out and handle our business, we're a good group of guys," starting left tackle Cam Robinson said. "We're a hard group to beat but I think that's the challenge at this point. Just coming out and playing to our potential every week."

The Jaguars' are bonding over their success. It's been a long-time coming for several members of the squad.

For those who have endured years of losing, a three-game winning streak means quite a bit to them.

"When you work so hard for something together, it's nice to come out on top instead of feeling like you didn't do enough or the refs got you out of the game," Thompson said. "It's nice to come together and feel like you're accomplishing something together."

Follow Mike Kaye on Twitter at @Mike_E_Kaye.

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