Travis Lulay, who on Thursday was named the CFL Most Valuable Player, was named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Player, after completing 21 of 37 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns.
The Lions were the first team since 1994 (that year the Lions beat the Baltimore CFLers) to win the Grey Cup at home.
The Lions dominated the first quarter as they took an 11-0 lead, highlighted by a 19 yard run for a touchdown by Andrew Harris.
The Blue Bombers pulled within a touchdown in the second quarter after Justin Palardy kicked two field goals. The Lions led at the half 14-6.
In the third quarter, with the Lions leading 17-9, Lulay threw his first of two touchdown passes. A 66 yard bomb to rookie Kierrie Johnson put the Lions up 24-9. Amazingly it was Johnson’s first career touchdown catch.
After the Lions went up by a convincing score of 31-9 early in the fourth quarter on a 6 yard touchdown pass from Lulay to Arland Bruce, the Lions allowed the Blue Bombers back into the game late with a pair of touchdowns to pull within a score of 31-23. But a Winnipeg onside kick failed, which led to a Paul McCallum field goal and a Lions’ victory.