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Ja’Marr Chase’s domination for LSU started by tipping off Joe Burrow

NEW ORLEANS — At first, Joe Burrow couldn’t believe that Ja’Marr Chase was as open as he was. A weapon like that, the LSU quarterback essentially assumed he’d have to work the ball around to the rest of his receivers before he could free up Chase, who’d scored 18 touchdowns this season, who was Burrow’s No. 1 target most of the year, who won the Biletnikoff Trophy as the best receiver in the sport. But after a sluggish start to this national championship game — two series, six plays, zero first downs — Chase came over to Burrow and delivered a surprising message. “They’re giving me some space,” receiver alerted quarterback. That wasn’t just music to Burrow’s ears, it was an entire symphony. And from that mom ...