By Ray Hamill …
It’s been a fun week for football, on both sides of the Atlantic.
In addition to a classic college championship game in the U.S. on Monday, we witnessed arguably the best EPL game of the season early Sunday, in the midst of a packed weekend of great NFL playoff action.
The week got off to a flying start when Nick Saban’s Alabama came from 13-0 down to defeat Georgia 26-23 in overtime to clinch a fifth national crown in nine years.
It was also Saban’s sixth national championship overall, a remarkable tally by any standards.
In the EPL, meanwhile, Liverpool ended Manchester City’s 30-game unbeaten run in a 4-3 thriller from Anfield.
The Reds led 4-1 before City came storming back late, almost equalizing on the final attack of the game.
Despite the loss, City retain a comfortable 15-point lead in the standings and are red-hot favorites to clinch the title.
The victory for the Reds, however, further tightens things up in the race for the top four and the coveted Champions League standings, with Liverpool now tied on points with Chelsea and Manchester United, the latter of whom has a game in hand at home to Stoke City on Monday.
In the NFL, meanwhile, the Eagles and Falcons got the divisional round of the playoffs, and one of the most anticipated weekends of the season, off to a flying start.
In a classic defensive encounter, Philly held off the defending NFC champions 15-10 to book its place in the conference title decider next weekend.
In the AFC, the Patriots easily handled the Tennessee Titans, 35-14, while the Jacksonville Jaguars upset the odds at Pittsburgh, 45-42 in a high scoring affair, to set up an AFC showdown at New England.