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2 Utah Utes and a BYU Cougar advance on first day of wild-card playoffs

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Devin Lloyd had five tackles and a pass deflection in his first career playoff game to help Jacksonville rally to a 31-30 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

FILE - Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Devin Lloyd (33) walks the sideline during an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, in Jacksonville, Fla. Lloyd had five tackles and a pass deflection in his first career playoff game to help Jacksonville rally to a 31-30 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Gary McCullough, Associated Press

Devin Lloyd’s first NFL playoff game is certainly one to remember.

The former Utah linebacker was on the winning end of a wild rally, as the Jacksonville Jaguars came back from down 27-0 to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 31-30 on Saturday night in the first day of the wild-card playoffs.

A rookie, Lloyd started for the Jaguars and finished with five tackles, including a tackle for loss in the fourth quarter that helped stop a promising Chargers drive that ended in a field goal.

He also had a pass deflection on a third down play that forced another Los Angeles field goal in the first quarter.

With Lloyd and the Jaguars advancing to the divisional round, that made two former Utah Utes and one former BYU Cougar moving on from the 2022 playoffs’ first day of action.

Here’s a look at how other Utah ties on active rosters performed on Saturday in the wild-card round:

49ers 41, Seahawks 23

San Francisco

  • Fred Warner, LB, BYU: Warner had six tackles, including five solo stops, in the win.
  • Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah: Wishnowsky punted just once, booting a 57-yarder that went inside the 20-yard line.

Seattle

  • Cody Barton, LB, Utah and Brighton High: Barton finished with a personal playoff-best nine tackles, including a tackle for loss on a play inside the Seahawks red zone, and a pass deflection on a third-down play.

Jaguars 31, Chargers 30

Jacksonville

  • Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah: See above.

Los Angeles

  • Michael Davis, CB, BYU: Davis had five solo tackles and a pair of pass deflections before leaving in the second half with a pectoral injury.
  • Alohi Gilman, S, Orem High: Gilman had five total tackles, including one on special teams, and added a pass defended.
  • Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU: Van Noy had three tackles and a pass deflection. His deflection came late in the fourth quarter deep in Jacksonville territory, though the former Cougar couldn’t corral a potential interception that could have swung momentum.