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Alabama fans celebrate “2nd and 26” moment in honor of 2018 CFP National Championship

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Alabama fans enjoy celebrating special moments in football history for its program.

We are in the 26th day of the second month of 2024 and an iconic moment comes to mind. The 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game was played on Jan. 8 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, Ga.) between Alabama and Georgia.

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Tua Tagovailoa, a freshman quarterback then, came off the bench in the second half and turned the game around.

Alabama trailed by 13 points (0-13) at halftime when Nick Saban made the switch from Jalen Hurts to Tagovailoa.

He tossed three touchdown passes, including one in overtime to win the game. His 41-yard, game-winning strike to wide receiver DeVonta Smith came on second down with 26 yards to go. Tagovailoa fired a rainbow to his receiver and Smith did the rest. 

The play, dubbed “2nd and 26,” lives on in Crimson Tide folklore.

Two freshmen broke Georgia hearts as Saban claimed his fifth national championship at Alabama and sixth for his career.

It will forever be a shining moment, and Tide fans will celebrate it every chance it gets.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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