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Within the CFP title game



12:09 p.m. Alabama wins overtime

Alabama's DeVonta Smith catches the game's winning touchdown during overtime. Alabama beats Georgia 26-23 to win the national championship. Butch Dill / USA TODAY Sports

11:16 p.m. Lights in Georgia turn on

Georgia fans continue their tradition of lighting the stands with cell phone flashlights as the game enters the fourth quarter. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

11:12 p.m. Fromm throws INT

Alabama defensive tackle Raekwon Davis gets a pass from Georgia's quarterback, Jake Fromm. Davis is the third player with an interception and a sack in a college football game or BCS Championship Game. Gerry Melendez for ESPN

10:48 p.m. Tagovailoa intercepted

Georgia defender Deandre Baker makes an acrobatic interception of a pass from Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in the third quarter. AP Photo / David Goldman

10:41 p.m. 80-yard Georgia marker

Georgia wide receiver Mecole Hardeman catches Alabama defensive end Tony Brown and stays within bounds for an 80-yard touchdown reception. AP Photo / John Bazemore

10:34 p.m. Alabama defends

Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III celebrates with Robert Foster after a six-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

10:32 p.m. Tagovailoa takes over

Alabama's real freshman Tua Tagovailoa entered the game to start the second half, replacing Jalen Hurts. Shoot this pass downfield 15 yards to Robert Foster for a first try. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

10:13 p.m. Smart reacts

After removing his visor, Georgia's head coach, Kirby Smart, picks up his thoughts during a timeout in the third quarter. Gerry Melendez for ESPN

9:45 p.m. Godwin approaches

Georgia wide receiver Terry Godwin traps 16 yards and struggles to reach the Alabama 3 at the end of the first half. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

9:35 p.m. Chubb drives forward

Alabama defensive lineman Raekwon Davis tackles Georgia runner Nick Chubb after a two-yard run against Georgia 2. Gerry Melendez for ESPN

8 : 43 pm Applying the pressure

Georgia defensive lineman Tyler Clark (52) holds a tackle for the loss of Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts on third attempt in the first quarter. The Bulldogs kept Alabama scoreless in the first half for the third time with Nick Saban. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

8:31 p.m. Missed Opportunity

Alabama punter JK Scott has a field goal by kicker Andy Pappanastos who navigates the left wing in the first quarter. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

8:27 p.m. A necessary defensive break

The Alabama defensive line breathes in the sideline in the first quarter. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

8:24 p.m. Alabama pick

Alabama defender Tony Brown takes the ball from Georgia wide receiver Javon Wims for an interception on the first drive of the Bulldogs game. The Crimson Tide did not allow an opponent to score on any opening drive this season. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

8:14 p.m. T.O. rolls with the Tide

Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens follows Alabama when they enter before the game. Owens, who grew up in Alexander City, Alabama, and attended Chattanooga, grew up as a fan of Crimson Tide. Gerry Melendez for ESPN

8:11 p.m. President enters

President Donald Trump greets the crowd as he enters the field before the national anthem. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

8:08 p.m. Henry shows his support

Former Alabama runner Derrick Henry laughs on the bench before the championship game. Henry ran for 156 yards and a touchdown on Saturday for the Tennessee Titans' postseason victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Gerry Melendez for ESPN

7:14 p.m. Former student of Georgia

Professional golfer Bubba Watson, two-time Masters champion and former Bulldogs golfer, has his picture taken on the bench before the game. Gerry Melendez for ESPN

7:02 p.m. Bo knows bling

Alabama runner Bo Scarbrough wears a fur coat and completes the set with the required shirt number and StarBo jewelery. Gerry Melendez for ESPN

6:42 p.m. A Look Inside

Alabama defensive end Tony Brown returns to the locker room after stretching out on the field before the game. Gerry Melendez for ESPN

6:33 p.m. Returned players

Alabama defender Minkah Fitzpatrick, right, and running back Bo Scarbrough, left, stretch out on the field. Fitzpatrick, winner of the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation's best defender, has returned four interceptions for touchdowns in his career, the most in the school's history. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

6:05 p.m. Saban is in the building

Alabama head coach Nick Saban arrives at the stadium surrounded by Alabama state troopers as he heads to the Crimson Tide locker room. Gerry Melendez for ESPN

6:04 p.m. The band marches in

A member of the Georgia Bulldogs Redcoat band takes the field long before the game with a smile. Gerry Melendez for ESPN

5:50 p.m. Smart makes his entrance

The head coach of Georgia, Kirby Smart, walks to the Bulldog locker room after arriving at the stadium. Smart has the opportunity to become the 11th FBS coach to win a national title at his alma mater. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

4:53 p.m. It's the time of Tebow

Tim Tebow, analyst of the SEC and former rival of Crimson Tide and Bulldogs, visits the soccer balls of the Georgia team. Gerry Melendez for ESPN

4:46 p.m. Inside the locker room

Jerseys and helmets are ready to enter the Georgian locker room, including star runners Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. The two became the all-time FBS leaders in yards per race for a pair of runners in the semifinals against Oklahoma, eclipsing Eric Dickerson's mark and SMU's Craig James. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

4:45 p.m. Only important calls

The headset and exclusive headset of Alabama head coach Nick Saban sit on the bench. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

4:14 p.m. Refcam Test

Referees will wear these camera hats during the game as part of 110 cameras configured for ESPN broadcast. Gerry Melendez for ESPN

4:09 p.m. Special preparation

Georgia team managers tape the player's rug to make sure they have 11 on the field for special teams plays. Gerry Melendez for ESPN

3:42 p.m. Reporters start early

ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi prepares to report from the bench before the National University Football Playoffs Championship between the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium . Gerry Melendez for ESPN

3:32 p.m. Finishing touches

A member of the garden team dries a 2018 championship logo freshly painted before the start of the game. Andrew Hancock for ESPN

3:31 p.m. Control of the mission

The workers publish the final video editions in the control room of the gigantic 360 degree halo video board, which surrounds the upper part of the Mercedes-Benz stadium. Gerry Melendez for ESPN

3:13 p.m. Ready for anything

Teams from the Alabama team are introduced to the stadium with many additional cleats for Crimson Tide players. Gerry Melendez for ESPN

3:10 p.m. All SEC

Paul Finebaum, presenter of the SEC Nation, talks with Laura Rutledge, reporter of the SEC Nation, before going on air for the pregame. With both teams in the championship coming out of the SEC, there is a lot of interest from the region. Gerry Melendez for ESPN


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