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After its defense got torched against Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, many questioned if Georgia's defense was as dominant as it seemed all season long.
But the Dawgs put to rest any doubts about how good its defense was by absolutely stifling a Michigan offense that came into the game averaging 37.7 points per game and holding it to a season-low 11 points and just 328 total yards.
In the first half, the Dawgs' defense held the Wolverines to just 101 total yards, including 29 rushing yards and five first downs.
Wolverine running back Hassan Haskins had just 13 yards and averaged 2.6 yards per carry in the first half. In fact, in the first 30 minutes of the game, Michigan's running backs combined for just seven carries and a total of 21 yards, per Kirk Herbstreit on the ESPN broadcast. Haskins couldn't get things going in the second half, too, ultimately finishing with just 39 yards on nine carries.
Michigan figured to be in trouble if it had to rely on its passing game. In most of their games all season, the Wolverines have run the ball successfully to generate offense. But not only was Michigan unable to run the ball, Georgia's defense got after quarterback Cade McNamara before he could make anything happen.
McNamara's offensive line had serious trouble protecting him, as he was sacked twice in the first half and finished the night with just 131 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. While freshman J.J. McCarthy took over for McNamara and had a little more success throwing the ball, his touchdown pass came when the game was all but over.
For a defense that was considered one of the most dominant of all time, the unit lived up to the hype. Unfortunately for Michigan's offense, the recipe for success it used all season was no match.
Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2952001-winners-and-losers-of-the-college-football-playoff-semifinals373