Alabama was seeking its sixth national championship in the last 10 seasons.
For a while, catching Alabama has felt hopeless.
The Tigers became the first major college football team to go 15-0 for the season since 1897.
One Alabama radio station got a little ahead of itself late Monday night.
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Clemson receiver, Justyn Ross, had six receptions, 153 yards, and a touchdown.
The Tigers head coach was obviously thrilled during his postgame interview, after his football team captured a second championship in three seasons, and a second time as the underdog, TigerNet noted.
Alabama will be back, but Clemson will nearly certainly be there waiting for them.
Clemson is the first opponent to beat the Tide by more than 14 points since Saban became coach in 2007.
The College Football Playoff pivoted away from its original plan to play semifinal games on New Year's Eve, moving several sets of games off weeknights to Saturdays instead. The Crimson Tide return Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa under center and are listed as the +250 second choice to win it all.