Clemson offensive lineman Sean Pollard celebrates his team's victory over Alabama.
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The best photos from the 2019 national championship

Updated 0539 GMT (1339 HKT) January 8, 2019

Clemson offensive lineman Sean Pollard celebrates his team's victory over Alabama.
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For the third time in the last four seasons, Alabama and Clemson faced off for college football's national championship.

This round went to Clemson.

The Tigers got three first-half touchdowns from running back Travis Etienne, and their defense shut out Alabama in the second half to win 44-16 in Santa Clara, California.

This is Clemson's third national title and its second in the last three seasons. The Tigers also defeated Alabama in the 2017 championship, a year after losing to Alabama on the same stage.