Was Georgia's awful fake punt worse than Colts' 2015 gaffe vs. Patriots?


Kirby Smart may have just entered into Chuck Pagano territory.

The Georgia head coach watched his team's 14-point lead over Alabama evaporate in the second half of Saturday's SEC Championship Game. But the game was still tied with 3:11 to go in the fourth quarter, and the Bulldogs had a chance to pin the Crimson Tide deep in their own territory with a punt from midfield.

Then Georgia did this:

The incredibly ill-conceived fake punt -- on fourth-and-11! -- went nowhere, gifting Alabama great field position to engineer a game-winning drive.

That's exactly what happened, as quarterback Jalen Hurts scored on a 15-yard touchdown run with a minute remaining to seal a 35-28 win for the Crimson Tide.

Twitter naturally roasted Smart for the terrible fake punt call, and it wasn't long before the discussion turned to arguably the worst fake punt of all time.

You know the one, New England Patriots fans.

The Indianapolis Colts' botched fake punt against the Patriots in 2015 definitely was the worse play call of the two. (Seriously, just watch it again.)

That was a regular-season game, though, and came on fourth-and-3. That Georgia thought it was a good idea to run this play in the fourth quarter of a conference championship game with 11 yards to go might put this disaster on par with Indy -- especially if the loss costs the Bulldogs a spot in the College Football Playoff.

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