Alabama vs. Georgia: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis

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Alabama vs. Georgia: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis
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No. 2 Alabama earned its spot in the national-championship game against Notre Dame with an impressive 32-28 victory over No. 3 Georgia in a wildly entertaining game.  

The defenses dominated the first half of this game and the first quarter ended without either team getting on the scoreboard. Georgia was first to break through, but it took some trickery to build momentum. 

Tight end Arthur Lynch hit Sanders Commings on a fake punt, and that extended a drive which culminated in a 19-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Murray to Jay Rome. 

Alabama looked ready to respond as it drove down deep into Bulldogs territory, but quarterback AJ McCarron made an uncharacteristic mistake and was intercepted in the end zone. The Crimson Tide's defense held, and the offense decided its best strategy was to hand the ball off to Eddie Lacy. This proved to be the right thing to do, and Lacy scored on a 41-yard run.

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In the second half, Georgia answered Lacy with freshman running back Todd Gurley, and he tore up the Tide's defense during the Bulldogs' first drive of the third quarter. He deservedly capped it off with a three-yard-touchdown run and gave his team the lead. 

Alabama managed to move the ball and was ready to cut the lead to just one point with a field goal, but the 49-yard attempt was blocked and Alec Ogletree returned it 55 yards the other way for a score.

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Instead of panicking, the Tide stayed calm and stuck with their running game. Their next two drives featured only one passing attempt, and T.J. Yeldon and Lacy each scored touchdowns to give their team a 25-21 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. 

But Georgia connected on a deep ball to get into the red zone, and then went back to Gurley to regain the lead. 

With all of Alabama's success on the ground, a play-action pass was inevitable, and Alabama dialed up misdirection at exactly the right time on a 45-yard-touchdown pass to Amari Cooper to take a 32-28 lead with just over three minutes left in the game. The Tide's defense then clamped down and held on for the victory. 

Lacy finished with 181 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, while Yeldon scored once and picked up 153 yards on 25 attempts. For Georgia, Gurley had 122 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. 

These two teams stood toe-to-toe and slugged it out all game long, and Alabama's punches had a little more power late in this game. 

Twitter Reaction

After Eddie Lacy's long touchdown run, Bleacher Report's Adam Kramer decided he wanted to see more of the same and came up with a plan to keep watching the Alabama running back long after the college football season ends:

The play that overshadowed the first half came after Aaron Murray threw an interception. As Ian Rapoport notes, Quentin Dial's block during the return was unnecessary and downright dirty:

Murray was understandably scared in the brief moments before impact, as Bleacher Report showed:

But the most shocking moment in the game came when Georgia blocked a third-quarter field-goal attempt and returned it for a touchdown and a 21-10 lead. Mike Freeman, J.A. Adande, Bryan Fischer, Pat Forde and Robert Flores are all talented and successful writers for various major media outlets, but they were all reduced to simple reactions after this incredible play:

The Tuscaloosa News' Cecil Hurt noted that Alabama made a statement when it closed the deficit to three points, and sure enough, it ran the ball right at the Bulldogs from that point on: 

ESPN Stats & Info noted that Alabama had incredible success on the ground in a formation that in no way hid its intentions:

Sporting News' Matt Hayes summed up this game perfectly. Maybe the national championship will be this entertaining, but I doubt it:

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