Monday night’s 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship game had all the dramatic elements of a primetime hit: a genius defending his dynasty (Nick Saban and Alabama), scrappy (Georgia) Bulldogs who hadn’t won a national championship since 1980, a heartbreaking missed field goal, a dynamic young hero, and a thrilling overtime ending.
Oh, and both President Trump and Kendrick Lamar were in the house.
While Alabama ultimately beat Georgia 26-23 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the first half of the game belonged to the underdog Bulldogs.
But a 41-yard bomb from rookie ‘Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa led to the Crimson Tide’s phenomenal comeback, as the backup was named the Offensive Player of the Game. Tagovailoa had replaced starter Jalen Hurts in a gutsy move by Saban after the SEC Offensive Player of the Year trailed 13-0 in the first half.
The gamble may have struck fear into the hearts of ‘Bama fans, but it paid off.
Hawaiian native Tagovailoa — who only had eight games of backup experience under his belt — became the Cinderella story of the season as he stood strong against a hungry Georgia defense desperate for a title.
Many Twitter users compared Georgia’s second half collapse to the Atlanta Falcons giving up a huge lead to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. That’s not the first — or the last — time Saban’s Alabama has been compared to Bill Belichick’s Patriots.
Alabama’s latest victory marks the sixth national championship under Saban and the 17th title in school history, and comes a year after their loss to Clemson to close out the 2016 season.
See the Twitter reactions below.
WHAT AN ENDING! WHAT A GAME!
— Kristen Balboni (@KristenBalboni) January 9, 2018
— jalen mills (@JalenMxlls) January 9, 2018
— Jarrett Payton (@paytonsun) January 9, 2018
— Bi$hop (@DrewNeoSoul) January 9, 2018
The dude who catished Manti Te'o is already googling Tua Tagovailoa.
— Fake SportsCenter (@FakeSportsCentr) January 9, 2018
— shauna (@goldengateblond) January 9, 2018
The city of Atlanta holds a lead like your iPhone 6 holds a charge. #NationalChampionship
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) January 9, 2018
— Aaron Dodson (@aardodson) January 9, 2018
— Robert Flores (@RoFlo) January 9, 2018
— Los ???? (@LosPollosTV) January 9, 2018
— jordan (@NotTheFakeJWILL) January 9, 2018
— Gayle Saunders (@EagleSessions) January 9, 2018
— Gippetto Lomellini (@GippettoL) January 9, 2018
— Amber Schoen (@ambuler247) January 9, 2018