Two excellent football teams slugged it out in the first half in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. As is so often the case the team that blocked and tackled better is the one with the halftime lead, as the Tide hold a 17-7 advantage after two quarters.
The Tide have only a 171 to 143 advantage in yardage, but they’ve taken advantage of good field position and put points on the board in the red zone.
Georgia on the other hand, after cutting through the Tide defense on their first drive, have moved only sporadically. Some of that was left tackle Amarius Mims going down with a leg injury. Seeing Ladd McConkey limp off the field right before half wasn’t a great sign either.
The Red and Black get the ball coming out of halftime and it feels like they may need to get points out of that drive to keep this one from getting away. That’s been a tall order this season, as the Athenians have been pretty awful on their first drive of the second half, turning the ball over almost as often as they’ve scored.
But Kirby Smart’s team has trailed often this season. They don’t often back down in this situation. That being said, it’s hard to fix “can’t block or get off blocks” in the halftime locker room. This one’s going to take a wholesale turnaround rather than a little fine-tuning.