The 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship was a bowl game that was used to determine a national champion of college football in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision for the 2016 season, played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on January 9, 2017. It was the culminating game of the 2016�17 bowl season.
The game was played between the winners of two pre-designated bowl games played on December 31, 2016; the Clemson Tigers, who defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Fiesta Bowl, and the Alabama Crimson Tide, who defeated the Washington Huskies in the Peach Bowl. Meeting in the previous year’s championship game, the resulting title game between Clemson and Alabama became college football’s first rematch between #1 and #2 in National Championship game history.
The Tigers won the game, 35�31, after coming back from a 14�0 deficit earlier in the game. Clemson scored the game-winning touchdown with one second left in the game. Surrounded by talented receivers, Clemson’s Heisman Finalist quarterback Deshaun Watson again set the record for most passing yards in a championship game with 420, against the nation’s #1 ranked defense, breaking his record of 407 yards set in the previous national championship game in 2016. Both Deshaun Watson and Ben Boulware were named the Offensive and Defensive Most Valuable Players respectively.