The questions entering the game were could Cincinnati challenge Georgia, and prove that it belongs with Power 5 programs. On the other side, was Georgia motivated with a slew of players sitting out the Peach Bowl for various reasons.

Cincinnati opened the scoring and drew first blood, but Georgia responded with some dazzling pass plays from JT Daniels and George Pickens to show off what may be a strong passing game in 2021.

Media from the Georgia perspective noted the questionable personal foul penalty against Lewis Cine when he hit Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder. Multiple people also noted the lack of holding calls against the Cincinnati offensive linemen.

The Bearcats took the lead, 14-10, late in the first half on a great diving catch.

Here is a sampling of the reaction from the first half: