Georgia and Alabama will meet again in Atlanta, Georgia, for the right to call themselves SEC Champion. The last time these two teams met in 2020 was during the regular season, where Georgia went on the road to Tuscaloosa and lost 42-24 to the Tide after another Georgia halftime lead (24-20).
Alabama was by far the best team in the country a year ago; nothing proved it more at the time than the convincing second half versus Georgia that sealed another comeback victory for the Crimson Tide over the Bulldogs.
Through 12 games this year in 2021, many have been waiting to see that same dominant, physical Alabama team return after winning a national championship a year ago. After losing so much production from the championship team, the Tide have yet to put together a string of complete performances; after years of attrition on the field, and on the coaching staff, the constant changes are starting to hurt Alabama and Nick Saban.
Georgia opened this week's betting line as a 6.5 point favorite over No. 3 ranked Alabama. It is the first time since 2015 that the Tide opened as the underdog in a game. The last game dated back to Alabama's game in Athens versus Georgia. That game did not go as many thought as the Tide rolled over the Bulldogs 38-10.
That loss is just one of six that Georgia has had dating back to the laters of the Mark Richt era. Alabama is the proverbial "hump" that Georgia's never been able to vault over in the past.
With Georgia being listed as the favorite, thanks to their dominant regular season, a win over Alabama could be just the beginning of Georgia's long post-season run.
- RB, Kendall Milton was spotted in warmups.
- DB, Chris Smith was spotted in warmups.
- OL, Jamaree Salyer was spotted in warmups.
- WR, George
- QB, JT Daniels (Lat) - IN
- WR, George Pickens (Knee) - IN
- RB, Kenny McIntosh (Hamstring) - IN
- RB, Kendall Milton (Knee) - OUT
- WR, Kearis Jackson (Ribs) - Questionable
- DL, Devonte Wyatt (Knee) - IN
- EDGE, Nolan Smith (Elbow) - IN
- OT, Jamaree Salyer (Foot) - Probable
- DB, Chris Smith (Knee) - Probable
- WR, Jermaine Burton (Groin) - IN
- WR, Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint (Ankle) - IN
- WR, Justin Robinson (Hamstring) - IN
- WR, Dominick Blaylock (Hamstring) - IN
- WR, Arian Smith (Leg) - OUT
- OL, Tate Ratledge (Foot) - OUT
- DB, Tykee Smith (Knee) - OUT
- CB, Jalen Kimber (Shoulder) - OUT
- LB, Rian Davis (Quad) - OUT
Georgia will get the ball first, Alabama won the toss and deferred.
15:00 (0-0): Kenny McIntosh returns the opening kickoff to their own 25. James Cook picks up the first down and gets hit late out of bounds, drawing a flag. Taking Georgia to the Alabama 46.
13:40 (0-0): An unblocked safety blitz causes a Bennett incompletion, almost an interception, bringing up a fourth down.
13:37 (0-0): Alabama starts on their own eight-yard line after a Jake Camarda punt.
12:37 (0-0): Alabama picks a first down on the first play of the drive. But stalls out forcing a fourth down.
10:54 (0-0): James Cook picks up a third and one on a jet sweep.
9:34 (0-0): Bennett uses a run fake and finds Brock Bowers for 18 yards, down to the Tide 20.
7:00 (0-0): Bennett holds onto the ball for too long on third down and will kick a field goal.
6:14 (3-0): Jake Podlesny connects on a 38-yard field goal.
4:50 (3-0): Young connects with a receiver for a first down at their own 41.
3:35 (3-0): Bryce Young overshot a receiver on third and ten.
3:30 (3-0): Georgia jumps on first and ten from their own three.
1:00 (3-0): Bennett finds FitzPatrick, taking Georgia down to around the 50.
:50 (3-0): Bennett takes a shot on first down and finds Pickens for a 37-yard completion down to the 8.
14:56 (10-0): Stetson Bennett finds Darnell Washington for an 8-yard touchdown pass.
14:56 (10-0): Channing Tindall pressures Young on first down and blows up a pass.
14:36 (10-7): Young finds Williams on a deep slant for a 67-yard touchdown.
12:49 (10-7): Bennett cannot find Mitchell on third down.
12:49 (10-7): Sanders picks up 6 yards on a run. The play gets called back for a Alabama holding.
12:19 (10-7): Williams picks up a 23-yard completion taking Alabama to Georgia's 29.
9:46 (10-14): Young finds Metchie for a touchdown.
9:00 (10-14): Bennett undethrows Cook on third and five. Camarda pins Alabama inside the ten.
7:13 (10-14): Young evades pressure and finds Billingsley for a first down, aging 22 yards.
3:30 (10-17): Dean pressures Young into a throwaway on third down. Alabama brings on the field goal team, who makes it.
3:28 (10-17): Bennett throws an incomplete pass, the play is advanced due to an Alabama hold.
3:15 (10-17): Bowers picks up a first down on a jet sweep but is called back for a holding.
3:15 (10-17): Bama picks up a pass interference on 1st and 19.
2:51 (10-17): McConkey draws a pass interference on an attempted deep ball.
2:44 (10-17): McIntosh picks up a first down, advancing Georgia to the Alabama 32.
2:06 (17-17): Stetson Bennett finds McConkey on a screen pass and takes it 32-yards for a touchdown.
:33 (17-17): Young finds Bolton for a first down at the Georgia eleven.
:33 (17-24): Bryce Young rushes for an eleven-yard touchdown.
John Metchie left the game in the first half and has now been ruled out with a leg injury.
13:10 (17-31): Young finds Williams for a 55-yard touchdown pass.
10:56 (17-31): Bennett tried to hit Mitchell on a deep ball and draws a pass interference.
9:28 (17-31): Bennett connects to Bowers for first down, down to the Bama 31.
8:20 (17-31): Bennett scrambles for 15 on third and fifteen, but they are reviewing whether or he picked up the first down.
7:40 (17-31): Bennett was ruled short on third down and calls his own number one a QB sneak for a first down on fourth and very short.
6:50 (17-31): Bennett evades a Bama defender and throws an interception.
6:15 (17-31): An incomplete pass to Brooks draws a Georgia defensive holding.
5:58 (17-31): Georgia brings six defenders after Young and draws a throwaway on third and ten.
4:01 (17-31): Bennett finds Bowers for 7 yards and a first down on third down.
:06 (17-31): Bowers cannot hold onto a 20-yard strike from Bennett into the endzone on third and nine.
:02 (17-31): Georgia elects to go for it on fourth and nine, an all-out blitz from Alabama forces a throwaway. Alabama takes over on their own 19.
13:22 (17-31): Travon Walker brings pressure on third and forces an Alabama punt.
13:22 (17-38): Alabama picks off a Stetson Bennett pass and returns it for a touchdown.
9:42 (24-38): Bennett scores a touchdown on a screen pass to Brock Bowers.
8:17 (24-38): Georgia stalls Alabama's offense again forcing the third straight punt.
2:00 (24-41) Alabama adds to its lead with a late field goal.
FINAL: Alabama 41, Georgia 24
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