3. The kick …
How do you replace a legend like Rodrigo Blankenship? How about you calmly blast a 53-yard field goal straight and true to win the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl?
Jack Podlesny hit three field goals, but in as pressure-packed a moment as possible, he walked up, drove through it, and boom – he came through to save the Georgia season narrative and get the win in a tough, tough game. The sophomore hit 10-of-13 field goal on the year and all 37 of his extra points before this game. Now he’s had a moment every kicker dreams of.
DAWGS ON TOP 🔥
Jack Podlesny hits a career-long 53-yard FG to cap the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl comeback for Georgia! pic.twitter.com/eMPZjKbW3f
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 1, 2021
2. Georgia went 8-2
It was a tough fight against a strong Cincinnati team that brought everything it had to this bowl. It was a tough day for the Georgia running game, it was a tough game to fight back, and it was a tough performance to end the season on a high note.
It wasn’t a College Football Playoff season, and Georgia has the talent and ability to be national title good every year, but the losses to Alabama and Florida were before JT Daniels took over and six of the final seven games were away from Athens – but, of course, this was in Atlanta.
In a year when LSU was lousy, big name programs like Michigan and Penn State were lousy, and nothing seemed to quite work right overall, 8-2 with a Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl win? That’s just fine. It’s not where Georgia could or should be, but it was solid.
1. There’s one narrative here from the 2021 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl …
It was a blast.
It’s the job of dopey people like me to take games like this and come up with a whole “But what does it MEAN?” thing. For this, it was this simple.
It was a whale of a game.
Cincinnati proved it could hang with a team loaded with NFL talent, and even in a loss proved it was really, really good.
Georgia showed the type of defense in the second half and the hope in JT Daniels to get fired up for what could happen in 2021.
In a miserable bowl season, this new year started out with a thriller that came down to the final seconds and a bomb of a field goal to win. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl did what it was supposed to.