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Alabama Wins 2018 CFP Championship: Celebration Highlights and Twitter Reaction

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2018

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08:  Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates beating the Georgia Bulldogs in overtime to win the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Alabama won its fifth national championship in the last nine years with a dramatic 26-23 overtime victory over Georgia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

True freshman Tua Tagovailoa entered the game for Jalen Hurts at halftime and helped overcome a 13-point deficit, throwing three touchdown passes, including the game-winner in overtime, as ESPN showed:

ESPN @espn

What a game. What a finish. Alabama does what Alabama does. https://t.co/OITczvp4n1

The ensuing celebration was as big as you could expect for a group of young players competing in one of the biggest game of their careers:

Bill Bender @BillBender92

Alabama carries the national championship flag https://t.co/PkEUBcL95b

SEC Country Alabama @SECCountryBama

Tua and his family. What a moment. https://t.co/erXoPaxiyx

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Champions. #RollTide https://t.co/1mPJKJ4VJi

Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban, who now has six titles in his career, showed his excitement after the game, as SEC Network and Dr. Saturday captured:

SEC Network @SECNetwork

"This is the happiest I've ever been in my life." - The 🐐 https://t.co/KO61jEgKlu

Dr. Saturday @YahooDrSaturday

Happiness! From Nick Saban! https://t.co/Mct9kaFYJk

Perhaps no one had a better celebration than All-American center Bradley Bozeman:

SEC Network @SECNetwork

SHE SAID YES!!! Congratulations, @bradboze75. #RollTide https://t.co/AlnpKNPPNZ

Georgia had the No. 4 scoring defense in the country and showcased it early by shutting down Hurts and the Alabama offense, building a 13-0 lead at halftime. The struggles forced Saban to make a switch at quarterback, inserting Tagovailoa to help spark the offense.

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The true freshman certainly made a difference, leading multiple scoring drives to get Alabama back into the game. He then tied the game at 20 with a fourth-down touchdown pass with under four minutes remaining:

ESPN @espn

We’re all tied up in Atlanta late in the 4th! Get to ESPN or the ESPN App now to catch the finish. https://t.co/9WuIWxSz85

Jake Fromm made big throws throughout the day, but he couldn't help Georgia move the ball in the fourth quarter.

Tagovailoa then secured the win in overtime with a 41-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith for the walk-off win.

The players deserve credit for their championship, although Saban put himself in rare territory with this last title:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Saban and Bear stand alone. https://t.co/KA1d9Q2HH3

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Nick Saban now has more national titles than all other active FBS coaches ... combined. https://t.co/Osep6TznOD

Paul Finebaum @finebaum

The debate is over. Nick Saban is the greatest coach in college football history.

Based on his current run, it's unlikely he is done winning either.

While several players on both teams likely played their last collegiate game before moving on to the NFL draft, there is a lot of talent returning that will keep both Alabama and Georgia at the top of the rankings. True freshmen Tagovailoa and Fromm could especially be key next season.

In the meantime, however, the Tide will get a chance to celebrate their championship.

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