No, it wasn’t iconic. And, yes, there were moments of greater drama. Heck, it wasn’t even in the national championship game.
But, for my money, this play exhibited what Georgia football at its peak was all about this season.
Look at it from Michigan’s standpoint. The game is early, but it’s close to being at the getting out of hand stage. UM needs to put together some sort of drive there. They’re already in a big third down hole. But they call a good play to get the hands into maybe their fastest offensive skill player. And the play is even set up well — the pass hits the back in stride; downfield, each receiver has engaged their defender one-on-one with blocking. The play should result in a decent gain.
But it di’int. In fact it loses yardage. Because, Nakobe Dean.
The message was sent. Georgia knew everything Michigan was going to pull and had the better players to take advantage. The end result was as soul crushing a moment as I saw in the playoffs. Or, as Kirby might put it, will imposing.
It was 2021 Georgia football at its best.