13) Georgia 33, Alabama 18:
— Dawgs win their first national title in 41 years.
— Game was 9-6 Alabama at halftime; all field goals.
— Georgia ended game on 20-0 run over last 8:04 of game.
— Alabama was 9-20 on third down, Georgia 4-12.
— Crimson Tide threw 57 passes, ran ball 28 times.
— 79-yard pick-6 salted game away with 0:54 left.
12) Georgia QB Stetson Bennett was a walk-on at one point, which seemed surprising; found out last night his dad owns seven pharmacies in Georgia, which is why he turned down offers for scholarships elsewhere to be a walk-on at his preferred school.
11) The day after the NFL regular season ends is a rough day for coaches who lose their jobs; this year was no exception.
— Vikings fired Mike Zimmer
— Bears fired Matt Nagy and their GM
— Dolphins (surprisingly) fired Brian Flores
— Broncos fired Vic Fangio
— Lions fired offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn.
— Giants’ GM Dave Gettleman either retired or was fired.
10) Patrick Mahomes/Aaron Rodgers are bad for coaches’ job security:
— Over last 18 months, every other team in AFC West has fired its coach.
— Over last 18 months, every other team in NFC North has fired its coach.
In other words, its kind of important to have a good quarterback.
9) Dallas Cowboys went 13-4 ATS this year, after going 5-11 ATS last year.
8) When Raiders made the playoffs Sunday night, they became the first team since the 1961 Houston Oilers to make the players after an in-season coaching change.
Back in ’61, Oilers fired Lou Rymkus after starting 1-3-1; they promoted Wally Lemm to head coach and went unbeaten the rest of the way, beating the San Diego Chargers 10-3 in the AFL title game.
7) Seattle Seahawks went 0-5 this season in games decided by 3 or less points; they could jump back into contention. Teams that win/lose lot of close games one year, tend to go the other way the next season.
6) If you know me or read this site a lot, you know I like trends, but this one makes me queasy, very queasy.
Last five times divisional rivals met in this round of the NFL Playoffs, the road team won every time, with the underdog covering all five games.
Like I said, very queasy. 2012 was last time the home side won a divisional rematch in a Wild Card game.
5) Last three years in this round of playoffs, #6-seeds are 5-1 SU vs #3-seeds; #5-seeds are 4-2 SU vs #4-seeds.
4) Was good to see Klay Thompson play basketball Sunday night; he scored 17 points in 20:00, his first NBA game in 941 days. Golden State is already 30-9; now they figure to get even better with Thompson back in the rotation.
3) In college basketball, Baylor Bears are 15-0, the first national champ to be 15-0 the following season since 2011.
2) Sunday night’s Raider-Charger game was fascinating, an overtime game with both teams’ seasons on the line, with the Steelers dreading a tie game from 2,000 miles away. The tie game damn near happened; Raiders could’ve screwed the Steelers big time by taking a knee, playing for the tie, but then they would’ve had to play the Chiefs this week.
Raiders played Kansas City twice this year, lost 41-14/48-9. No way they wanted to play them again. Playing Cincinnati will be a tough game, obviously; they lost 32-13 to the Bengals in Week 11.
1) One thing for sure, Chargers/Bengals are both set at QB for the next 10-12 years, which is very good news for Brandon Staley/Zac Taylor. Coaches with really good QB’s have very excellent job security, although Staley may have to stop going for it on 4th-and-2 from his own 18-yard line, if he wants a long head coaching career.