After losing to LSU in the regular season, many thought Alabama's national championship hopes were bleak.
The Tide did miss out an a chance at the SEC Championship, but a string of Alabama-friendly outcomes, including winning the rest of their games, is sending Alabama to New Orleans for a rematch with LSU and an improbable shot at winning it all.
With a loss to the Tigers at home, many things had to happen to get Bama back into the hunt for the crystal trophy. In the end, there were key games throughout the season that had big impacts in propelling the Tide into the BCS Championship game.
Click through the slide show to see the seven games not involving Alabama that made the Crimson Tide's national title game invite a reality.