By Field Level Media
October 20, 2023 – 3:46 AM UTC
Trevor Lawrence threw a tiebreaking 44-yard touchdown pass to Christian Kirk late in the fourth quarter and the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars made a goal-line stand to win their fourth consecutive game by defeating the New Orleans Saints 31-24 Thursday night.
Lawrence, whose status was uncertain until pregame warmups because of a knee injury, completed 20 of 29 for 204 yards and found Kirk on a crossing route that enabled the Jaguars (5-2) to overcome a fourth-quarter comeback by the Saints (3-4).
Derek Carr, who completed 33 of 55 for 301 yards, drove New Orleans to a first-and-goal at the 6 in the final minute, but threw four straight incompletions. Saints tight end Foster Moreau was wide open in the end zone when he dropped a third-down pass with 25 seconds left.
The Saints drove to Blake Grupe’s 42-yard field goal on the first possession of the third quarter to get within 17-9.
Foyesade Oluokun made the Jaguars’ NFL-leading 16th takeaway when he intercepted Carr and returned 24 yards for a touchdown that pushed the lead to 24-9.
On the second play of the fourth quarter, Taysom Hill ran 1 yard on fourth down for a touchdown that reduced the lead to 24-16.
Travis Etienne Jr., who rushed for two touchdowns, was stopped for no gain on fourth-and-1 at the New Orleans 47 midway through the fourth. Three plays later, Carr threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas and connected with Alvin Kamara for a two-point conversion that tied the score with 6:38 remaining.
The Jaguars received the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards, scoring on Etienne’s 2-yard touchdown run.
The Saints moved into scoring range on the ensuing possession, but Grupe was wide right on a 51-yard field-goal attempt.
New Orleans recovered a fumbled punt at the Jacksonville 17, but could drive only 12 yards and Grupe kicked a 23-yard field goal to trim the lead to 7-3 at the end of the first quarter.
On the fourth play of the second quarter, Etienne ran 17 yards for a touchdown and a 14-3 lead.
Grupe added a 35-yard field goal and Brandon McManus answered with a 43-yard field goal, leaving the Jaguars with a 17-6 halftime lead.
–Field Level Media