Sam Khan Jr. | ESPN Staff Writer

GLENDALE, Ariz. — What a game.

Alabama and Clemson gave fans an entertaining back-and-forth show before the Crimson Tide eventually claimed a 45-40 victory over the Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T on Monday at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Tide are back atop the college football world. Let’s review how it all unfolded.

What the win means for Alabama: It’s the Crimson Tide’s fourth national championship in seven seasons — the others came in 2009, 2011 and 2012 — and the 16th overall in school history. It’s the fifth national title for head coach Nick Saban, further cementing his status in college football history. He trails only the late Paul “Bear” Bryant in national titles since 1936 (Bryant has six). It’s Alabama’s fourth consecutive win over a No. 1-ranked team in The Associated Press poll, a streak More >