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How the sports world reacted to John Metchie’s jarring hit in the SEC Championship

John Metchie laying on top of Trey Dean
Photo by Adam Hagy -- USA TODAY Sports

The 2020 SEC Championship lived up to expectations and then some as the Alabama Crimson Tide escaped Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a thrilling 52-46 win over the Florida Gators.

With many twists and turns throughout the game, none more bizarre than the :26 second sequence filled with a bevy of emotional and momentum swings.

Related: John Metchie puts massive hit on Florida defender

With 6:33 remaining in the first quarter, Mac Jones’ pass was intercepted by Florida’s Trey Dean III. After taking approximately 16 steps, Dean was decleated by Alabama’s John Metchie who came from Dean’s left side to separate the ball from Dean, which was recovered by the Tide’s DeVonta Smith.

Immediately after the quick change of possession, Jones found Smith wide open for the Tide’s second score of the game.

Social media erupted over Metchie’s hit, including many from within the sport itself. Take a look at some of the best reactions below.

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