While Georgia players gathered on their sideline as halftime came to a close, Alabama remained in its locker room, waiting to return to the field until just seconds remained before kickoff christened the third quarter.
"We were significant this year", senior outside linebacker Davin Bellamy said.
"But I also think that, if you're a competitor and you're a player, whether you're a coach or a player or any part of the organization, in 24 hours you probably need to move on because there's another challenge and basically you created a target for yourself in the future in terms of people who want to beat you".
The president was at the ceremony to make the opening of the college football national championships on Monday.
In rewatching, two plays stood out in the first half that could've dramatically changed everything.
With a new coaching staff leading the Bulldogs into this fall, it will be interesting to see how they look at the quarterback spot.
In the first half, led by freshman quarterback Jake Fromm, Georgia's offense carved up the Alabama defense. The two Georgia heroes were watching together in a suite at Mercedes-Benz Stadium as a new breed of 'Dawg. And that's when their rally began.
This year's College Football Playoff National Championship was the second most watched cable presentation ever.
This is the Crimson Tide's second College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship and their fifth since 2009.
"I don't think you can judge that". Two other teams with first-year quarterbacks - Oklahoma and Ohio State - will also make the four-team field.
"Everybody realizes the sacrifices and the adversity that you had to overcome to do it and the hard work you put in to do it", Saban said. They believe the Bucks will be just fine with guys like Dwayne Haskins and Nick Bosa, among others. Then, coming out of half-time, Saban made a switch at quarterback, taking out Hurts in favor of true freshman Tua Tagovailoa. And all the time, God is good.
ATLANTA -It has been 27 years since the University of Georgia football team won a national championship, and when it happened in 1981, it was a freshman running back from Wrightsville, Georgia named Herschel Walker who led them. Georgia is becoming what some of us always believed it could be - a championship program. Alabama was without OLB Anfernee Jennings and RG Lester Connor, who both suffered knee injuries in the Sugar Bowl, and LT Jonah Williams had to leave early in the third quarter. "It's our privilege to represent the institution, our fans and players, in what I think is one of the greatest events in all of sports, the College Football Playoff system".
Saban isn't ready to call it a career, at least not yet.
While it will be tough to replace all that talent, head coach Urban Meyer and company have done a great job recruiting in order to retool-not rebuild.
"God is good, all the time".
A loss like the one Georgia suffered can galvanize a program.
Along with Tagovailoa, the newcomers included three wide receivers who drew superlatives from Palet's former teammates. No, Saban responded. It was just one of his recruits who was calling to talk about a personal problem.
Bama quarterback Jalen Hurts was struggling, and though Palet knows and likes the sophomore starter, he had a hunch that coach Nick Saban would enlist Tagovailoa although the freshman had last played Nov. 18, against Mercer, and had thrown only 53 passes all season.