'Bama-Georgia draws 2nd-largest CFP championship TV audience

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Tagovailoa entered the game at halftime, replacing a struggling Jalen Hurts, and threw three touchdown passes to give the Crimson Tide its fifth national championship since 2009 under coach Nick Saban. The Tide might have a quarterback controversy ahead, but first Alabama will celebrate another title.

As good as the Alabama-Georgia game was, it's debatable whether it was more exciting than the New Year's Day national semifinal when Georgia rallied for a 54-48 overtime win over Oklahoma at the Rose Bowl.

The plan all week, like most weeks, didn't involve the backup quarterback.

Tuesday morning's heartbreaking loss by University of Georgia to Alabama in the national championship game was a double whammy to Telly Williams, who's still recovering from the Atlanta Falcons' meltdown in last year's Super Bowl.

"It just seems to me like, if we're going to have the best chance to win this game, that we may need to do it in a different way", Saban said. I don't have any interest in seeing Sam Darnold throw four interceptions against Georgia, or UCF talk themselves up because, well I'm not really sure why, and then go and get steamrolled by Clemson.

"He's a good player". Of all the championships Alabama has won, some say this one just feels more special. We recruit great guys here and great players. I have a daughter that lives in Charlotte who graduated from Alabama.

Tagovailoa told SB Nation Recruiting a year ago that his decision to play for Alabama was exclusively based on the team's focus on God.

The defense certainly played a big role, shutting down Georgia in the second half, allowing just seven points, which came on an 80-yard touchdown pass from fellow freshman Jake Fromm to wide receiver Mecole Hardiman.

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Standout underclassmen such as wide receiver Calvin Ridley, defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne seem likely to depart for first-round National Football League draft riches, and it won't matter.

Alabama 24, Georgia 14: Remind me never again to doubt Alabama, which proves its point that it is still tops in the nation.

After sneaking into the Playoff with the No. 4 seed, Alabama put up a dominant defensive showing in a semifinal win over Clemson.

The game between the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama was at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

"I am so proud of these kids, and we couldn't have been prouder to represent Georgia this season", Chaney said. Now Saban is 12-0 against his former assistants. A nervous quiet gripped the crowd of 77,430 as 'Bama burned the clock. The long kick came after Andy Pappanastos missed from 37 yards out in the final seconds of regulation.

Trailing 23-20 in overtime, Tagovailoa went back to pass on Alabama's first play.

The first half did not appear to go as planned for the Crimson Tide, as they were held scoreless for just the third time since 2007 under head coach Nick Saban.

Tagovailoa's victor in overtime was his third touchdown pass of the game.

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