The unlikely hero of Alabama's stunning national championship win

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Looking back, here are the five most important plays of the game.

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So what happened? Tue Tagovailoa connects on 14 of 24 pass attempts for 166 yards and three touchdowns, leading Alabama to their fifth National Championship since 2009. That reaches back to 1936, which means it covers all the legends who only need be identified by one name.

Georgia, that longtime near-giant from a talent-lush state, won a vivid College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, shouting that its present is giddy and its future is daunting for its neighbors and its countrymen. Meanwhile, the Big Ten went 7-1 in its bowls after being shut out of the playoff.

The freshman signal caller - who just last school year was taking classes in high school - was thrust into the biggest game of his life by the Alabama head coach Nick Saban after nothing else appeared to be working. "I think the game was pretty equal and was a good defensive battle until the game opened up in the second half". But the offense was completely shut down by the Bulldogs in the opening two quarters and Hurts didn't seem to have any answers.

"I found out when we were in the locker room", Tagovailoa said.

"He was hiring coaches and getting ready to play the national championship all at the same time", Pruitt said. Linked are the stories that did appear in print and online.

Georgia responded exactly two minutes later with a stunning score. Granted, pay does tend to correlate with the success of these coaches' units, but not always. This more refers to the kicking game and Matthew Wright who missed two field goals against Auburn. Eventually Georgia fans will move on from this heartbreak and the image of that Alabama touchdown pass will fade a little from memory.

Last night was one of the best and most exciting National Championship games that we have seen. This one denied the Bulldogs their first national title since 1980. Georgia will try again for its first since 1980. "Every team wants to be successful and as a coach, you want to see them reach their full potential".

They will comfort themselves by uttering the old cliché "You dance with the one that brung ya" and try to take comfort in "staying the course". After the game, the brothers swapped jerseys.

And despite the defeat, they appear to have come away better than we could have ever imagined. "So, it's not just about winning a championship".

"I pursue a relationship with Christ through spending quality time with Him", he said. But those were very different times in terms of recruiting, television and segregation. That's why you sign good people if you possibly can. The Bulldogs might have fallen in overtime Monday night, however, Kirby Smart said after the game that this loss will not define them. That display of athleticism helped spark the Crimson Tide, with Tagovailoa hitting his next four passes on the drive. The winning play was, basically, four receivers going deep. But, with six seconds left in the fourth quarter, Hurts reentered for a play.

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