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I know this game ended as a loss for the Bulldogs, but very few fans can deny that this game was arguably the best SEC Championship Game in its history.
Nobody was giving the Bulldogs a chance to win the game as the Alabama Crimson Tide came into the game as a touchdown favorite. The winner of the game would not only win the SEC Championship, they would also have the right to play for the national title.
The Bulldogs came out swinging, and at one point, they led by 11 midway through the third quarter. Alabama settled down after that as they let running backs Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon do the dirty work.
Both Lacy and Yeldon rushed for a combined 354 yards and three touchdowns to give the Tide the 25-21 lead. The Bulldogs would counter as Todd Gurley scored early in the fourth quarter to help the Bulldogs regain the lead.
But the Tide would strike again, this time through the air, as AJ McCarron threw a touchdown pass to Amari Cooper with 3:15 left in the fourth quarter.
Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs had one last drive, and they almost were able to cash it in. But when Chris Conley inadvertently caught a Murray pass after the ball was deflected by an Alabama defender at the 5-yard line with no timeouts left, the Crimson Tide narrowly escaped and became SEC champs.
After the game, Nick Saban told ESPN that he almost "had a heart attack." On the opposite side, Mark Richt told ESPN that they just "ran out of time."
But both coaches and players from both teams can agree that the two best teams in the country gave everything they had for 60 minutes, and it will be considered as one of the greatest college football games ever played.