Alabama, Clemson arrive for playoff rematch

Members of University of Alabama football team deplane after arriving at Tampa International Airport Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. Alabama takes on Clemson Monday in the College Football Playoff championship game(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Alabama and Clemson are back at the College Football Playoff championship game, and ready for a rematch.

The Crimson Tide landed about noon on Friday at Tampa International Airport. The Tigers weren’t far behind , touching down around 4 p.m.

Clemson is eager to complete some unfinished business after losing a thriller 45-40 to Alabama last year. Tigers Coach Dabo Swinney said the trip to Tampa is a culmination of a yearlong quest to get back to the title game.

Swinney said the team wants to finish ”with no regrets.”

Alabama’s plane rolled into Tampa with a flag with its signature script A flying out of the pilot’s window. The Alabama contingent descended the steps waving crimson and white pom poms.

The teams play for the national championship Monday night.

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