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Alabama 45, Clemson 40 (2016 College Football Playoff National Championship)

The game was a thrill-a-minute. Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry ran for three touchdowns, including a 50-yarder to open the scoring. A daring onside kick with the score tied at 24 led to an Alabama points explosion, with quarterback Jake Coker throwing for two long touchdowns to tight end O.J Howard. Oh, and Kenyan Drake (pictured) returned a kickoff 95 yards for another score.

Clemson didn't flinch. Dual-threat quarterback Deshaun Watson threw four touchdown passes and had 478 total yards — 403 passing. He was virtually a one-man show in keeping the Tigers ahead for a while.

In the end, it was too much Alabama, and the Tide won their fourth national crown in the past seven years. When the game ended, the entire crowd of 75,765 — the majority of them Clemson fans — stood and cheered. Not only for their team, but for the fabulous game they had just witnessed.

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