I’m starting to see stories about how close and crazy Georgia’s season’s been cropping up. And those stories certainly have their share of validity to them. The Dawgs played in seven games that were decided by a touchdown or less, six of those by no more than five points.
When you play in that many games that are nailbiters, it’s not hard to find a key play here or there that would have dramatically changed the season in one form or fashion, and that’s no exception with the 2013 edition of Georgia football. From the horse collar tackle that saved Clemson seven points (that was the drive that culminated in the bad snap for the field goal) through Pig Howard’s fumble in overtime that saved Georgia’s bacon (see what I did there?) in Knoxville to the unforgettable Hail Mary that killed the Dawgs against Auburn, you can point to a number of them. 2013 was definitely dramatic.
But it’s not unique. In fact, it reminds me a lot of the 2006 season in that regard. Georgia played eight games that year in which the final margin was seven points or fewer, including six of the last seven games played. The regular season record was even 8-4. As for crucial injuries, 2006 was the year that Andy Bailey had to step in to cover Brandon Coutu, something you could easily argue cost the Dawgs two games, as Georgia missed two field goals and an extra point in the loss to Kentucky and a late field goal against Vanderbilt.
Bottom line is that there are those seasons where the line between great and okay is pretty fine. Some years the luck doesn’t bounce your way and some years it does.