ATLANTA — By the time Alabama’s Jordan Battle returned a fourth-quarter interception for a score and a three-touchdown lead Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, someone needed to stop the beating.
An SEC Championship game billed as a heavyweight bout had become a whupping.
Georgia might get another shot at Alabama. If so, the Bulldogs better hope this wasn’t their best punch. Georgia landed a few blows throughout one quarter en route to a 10-point lead.
Alabama shrugged it off and rallied with such a fury that Georgia came off looking like a fraud.
The final: No. 2 Alabama 41, No. 1 Georgia 24.
Is that the best you’ve got, Bulldogs?
Bryce Young very likely won the Heisman Trophy with his performance. The Alabama quarterback scrambled, passed and pitched Georgia’s vaunted defense to pieces. It was thanks to Young that Alabama came to life in the second quarter. He completed nine straight passes and did additional damage with his legs.
ALABAMA MAKES IT CASE: 41-24 win should be enough for No. 1 seed
Alabama (12-1) scored 24 points during the quarter – seven more points than Georgia had allowed in any full game this season. The Crimson Tide also began a seizing of the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff after Georgia (12-1) had been the nation’s best collective team for three months.
The Evil Empire delivered its best showing of the year after many had begun to count it out.
This result shouldn’t knock Georgia out of the four-team playoff field, which will be announced Sunday.
These teams might meet again, but first, the Bulldogs need to lick their wounds.
The selection committee ought to bump Alabama to No. 1 and slide Georgia to No. 3 to save the potential rematch for the national championship.
Georgia entered Saturday with an average margin of victory of 33.8 points, but the question lingered whether it…