2. The Bulldogs' secondary isn't first-rate. Thompson completed 21 of 30 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns. Two hundred forty of those yards came in the first half, when the Gamecocks scored on four of six possessions to seize a 24-13 lead. With the Bulldogs' front seven concerned about stopping tailback Mike Davis, South Carolina chose instead to have Thompson throw and keep throwing, and Georgia's pass defense (such as it was) was laughable. Receivers were allowed to run free over the middle, making it appear the Bulldogs were playing a man or two short. Unlike the Clemson game, when Georgia yielded 21 first-half points and none thereafter, defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was unable to halt the assault. The Gamecocks finished with 447 yards and 38 points.
3. As deflating as this loss was, Georgia's playoff chances aren't gone -- but the margin of error is. If the Bulldogs win the SEC East, they'll play for the SEC title. If they win the SEC title as a one-loss team, they'll surely make the four-team College Football Playoff. But they'll have to win the next 11 games for that to happen. Two losses probably won't do it, and the Bulldogs will long rue the narrowness of this one. They were outplayed but still had the chance to steal a vital road game against a quality opponent. They banked only three points from two turnovers deep in South Carolina territory, and Morgan -- who'd earlier set an SEC record with his 20th consecutive field goal -- missed two makeable ones.