Sunday night time, the epic, time beyond regulation thriller between the Chargers and Raiders didn’t conclude in a poetic tie. And when there have been no ticks left on the clock in the additional interval, the NFL playoff discipline was set following the first-ever Week 18.
We’ll get to the theatrics of the ultimate week of the NFL common season and what matchups the postseason holds, however we start in Indianapolis, the place two acquainted groups—Georgia and Alabama—conflict in the nationwide championship recreation.
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The Bulldogs had an opportunity to maintain the Crimson Tide out of the School Soccer Playoff when the 2 groups met in the SEC Championship Game 5 weeks in the past. However Nick Saban and ‘Bama are inevitable. They proved as a lot in beating Georgia 41-24 to win the convention and march again to the playoff. UGA has dropped its final seven video games towards Alabama, courting again to 2008.
Nonetheless, the oddsmakers like Georgia to buck that development and finish its nationwide championship drought. The Bulldogs are 2.5-point favorites due to a protection that permits fewer than 10 factors per recreation paired with a top-10 scoring offense.
Alabama and Georgia each made mild work of their opponents in the semifinal video games to arrange this rematch of the 2018 National Championship Game. UGA has by no means had a difficulty hanging round—it’s ending video games that has given Kirby Good hassle towards Saban’s crew of Heismans and All-People.
CFP Title Game Betting Preview: Alabama is a uncommon underdog towards Georgia, however watch out for Saban’s daunting 24-1 document towards former assistants. Earlier than betting on this recreation, Richard Johnson evaluations the traits and numbers and makes his picks.
Bama-UGA Picks: The SI Betting workforce locks in their choices forward of Monday night time kickoff. Our writers are largely siding with the general public cash and taking Alabama moneyline or with the factors.
National Championship Game Predictions: School soccer writers Ross Dellenger, Pat Forde, John Garcia and Johnson supply up their choose to win the championship, predict the ultimate rating and guess who the MVP shall be.
One other Season of SEC Supremacy: Is the SEC’s dominance unhealthy for school soccer? How can different conferences catch up, and what may playoff growth do for parity in the game?
Again to that near-tie… The NFL group was begging all week for the unbelievable to occur: the common season’s finale between the Chargers and Raiders to finish in a impasse.
It practically occurred.
Ultimately, Daniel Carlson linked on a walk-off, 47-yard discipline aim in time beyond regulation to place Las Vegas in the playoffs and ship Los Angeles dwelling. To not take something away from Carlson, however in some way, that kick was nearly anticlimactic after the collection of occasions that unfolded Sunday and opened the door for a tie that might have put each groups in the postseason.
The playoff discipline is now set, and the Raiders have a fast turnaround Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati.
NFL Postseason Spreads and Futures: The strains for Wild Card Weekend are already out, as are futures bets for convention and Tremendous Bowl winners. The Packers, at +350, are the favorites to win the Super Bowl and the Chiefs (+400) aren’t far behind.
Jaguars Decide No. 1 As soon as Once more: Regardless of its 26-11 win towards the Colts, Jacksonville completed with the worst document in the NFL and will get the highest choose in April’s NFL draft for the second 12 months in a row.
NFL Data Damaged in Week 18: A traditionally lengthy season led to a couple information being damaged in the ultimate regular-season week. See what updates are being made to the NFL historical past e book.
Derek Carr Speaks on Chargers’ Timeout Name: Did Chargers coach Brandon Staley calling a shock timeout in time beyond regulation have an effect on the Raiders’ technique? “It positively did, clearly,” Carr stated after the win.
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