As expected, Alabama and Georgia both deliver the best National Championship matchup we’ve seen in recent memory. It wasn’t because the points scored by either team Monday’s Championship game was won and lost in the trenches. Yet, for the first time since 1980 the National Championship trophy is heading home to Athens, Georgia.
In the first half, Alabama and Georgia alike were met with pounding defensives that held the opposing offensive units to only field goals with a halftime score of 9-6 in favor of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
From there, in the second half, it started more or less the same as the first half did before James Cook for Georgia broke free for a 67-yard run setting up for the first touchdown of the day scored by the Georgia Bulldogs to make it 13-9 UGA at the end of the third.
Alabama answered Georgia touchdown with a field goal of their own to make it 13-12 early in the 4th quarter, setting up for one of the most exciting finishes in College Football history. Following the field goal from Alabama, the Crimson Tide defense answered the call once again, forcing Stetson Bennet out of the pocket, causing a fumble recovered by Alabama.
Following the forced fumble by the Alabama defense, the Crimson Tide punches it in for a touchdown to retake an 18-13 lead over Georgia with 10:35 remaining in the 2022 National Championship game.
Yet, Stetson Bennett didn’t go into a shell following the Alabama touchdown. Bennett led the Bulldogs right down the field, answering the call of the wild to lead Georgia with a touchdown of their own, retaking the lead 19-18 with 8:09 remaining in the National Championship game.
Following the touchdown drive by the Bulldogs, the Georgia defense made a statement of their own by forcing Alabama to a quick three and out and possibly setting up prime field position for a long game-winning drive by the Georgia offensive unit.
Just like that, Georgia found itself back in the endzone with 3:33 remaining in the game. With the seven plays, 62-yard drive, the Georgia Bulldogs extend their lead to eight points 26-18 over Alabama.
At this point, you can just sense that the National Championship trophy is going home to Athens, Georgia, for the first time since 1980.
Georgia finishes the Crimson Tide off by picking off Bryce Young and returning it to the house for a final score of 33-18.
In all honesty, Monday’s National Championship game between Alabama and Georgia was not for the faint of heart. It was grown man football at the highest level imaginable in all of College Football. The two best College Football programs faced off tonight; there’s no doubt about it. Say what you want about the matchup of two SEC teams in the Championship game, but the truth is, it came down to the best teams and the sport of College Football, with the Georgia Bulldogs reigning supreme for the first time since 1980.