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Hot Read: UGA Rallies in Thriller

By BJ Bennett
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Georgia edges Cincinnati 24-21 in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

1. That was an impressive win for Georgia. Though previously-undefeated Cincinnati clearly validated itself with a strong performance, the Bulldogs overcame some early struggles and found a way at the end with a memorable finish. Georgia, even shorthanded, held the Bearcats to just 305 total yards and completely dominated the second half defensively. The late scoring drive, coming against a top ten defense nationally, was a signature one for the Bulldogs. Jack Podlesny's game-winner from 53 yards out was one of the most impressive kicks of the entire season. Give Georgia credit for rallying late. 

2. The J.T. Daniels to George Pickens connection continues to be productive. In a game where Daniels threw for 392 yards and a touchdown, 135 of them went to Pickens, including a a 16-yard score in the first quarter. The seven completions from Daniels to Pickens resulted in a downfield average of 19.3 yards per conversion. It was another postseason showcase for Pickens, who had 12 catches for 175 yards and a touchdown in last season's Sugar Bowl.

3. It was a starring performance for Podlesny, who set a new career long with his game winner from 53 yards out. His memorable boot was his second made field goal over the final 6:43 of the contest as Podlesny also made a 32-yarder mere minutes before. In all, he was 3-of-3 for the afternoon and scored ten total points. It was a great debut season for the freshman, with 13-of-16 conversions on the season.

4. Including the game-ending safety to slam the door shut, Georgia's defense held Cincinnati to merely 17 total yards on the Bearcats' final seven offensive drives. It was a remarkable finish from the Bulldogs defensively, with the stars like Jordan Davis, Nakobe Dean and Azeez Ojulari, who forced the final score, leading the way. Late in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Georgia's defense looked and played like the best unit in the country.

5. The Bulldogs now have meaningful momentum heading into the off-season. Four straight wins to finish the year is an impressive feat, a stretch including an absolute rout of nationally-ranked Missouri and a hard-fought victory over undefeated Cincinnati. Few will give the win over the Bearcats the credit it deserves.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports