It’s the red zone conversion rate, stupid.

For all the talk about Bennett’s monster fourth quarter and the Ringo pick-six, there’s an argument to be made that the national championship game turned as much on the respective performance of the two offenses in the red zone as anything else.

Alabama actually was the team with more red zone opportunities, four to Georgia’s three. However, when it came time to cash in, Alabama only managed one touchdownGeorgia produced two red zone touchdown conversions.  Thus, even though ‘Bama led the trips, Georgia wound up with the points, 17 to the Tide’s 15.

There was a lot of bending, but not breaking on the night.  Dayne Young and Brent Rollins do a nice job of walking through what that looked like with this:

One interesting point there was that ‘Bama had some self-inflicted wounds along the way.  Maybe they were feeling more pressure than we thought.


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

10 responses to “It’s the red zone conversion rate, stupid.

  1. Down Island Way

    Lack of respect will do that to ya…GO DAWGS!


  2. uga97

    We practically handed Bama the ball in the red zone. If we didn’t turn it over imagine that that the Bama Offense could have would up with zero TDs.

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  3. beatarmy92

    It was all that disrespect they were getting that sapped their confidence.

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  4. TripleB

    Never been more proud of a UGA defense.


  5. Russ

    That defense was outstanding! Their play in the CFP just reinforces my belief that the team was sick going into the SECCG.

    However, to me the best part was Stetson outplaying the Heisman winner with the game on the line. When the refs handed Bama the TD and the lead, Stetson lead consecutive TD drives the length of the field. Meanwhile, when Young had the ball and a chance to tie the game at the end, he threw a pick 6 to seal the victory for Georgia. How sweet it is!

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  6. Hunkering Hank

    Bama’s offense was very good all year but was only average in the red zone. It scored a lot on explosive long plays. That’s why it was important to tackle them and not let them score on long plays in the game – which the Dawgs did at least once.


  7. whb209

    That view gives you the ability to see how fast the game is in the SEC. In high school, when the ball is snapped, it is like a 22 rifle going off. In the SEC
    it is like a 12 gauge shotgun going off. You don’t have time to think, you have to know where you are going and then get there fast. I have tried to explain that to other people, this view tells a lot more than I can explain. The game is fast. Practice helps, but you better be born fast if you want to play in this league. You can learn to be quick, but you can not learn to be fast. That is something you are born with or without (I know the “without” very well).

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