With the victories for the Calgary Stampeders and British Columbia Lions on Saturday, we now know the final standings and playoff matchups for the 2011 Canadian Football League season.
The Edmonton Eskimos will host the Calgary Stampeders in next weekend’s Western Semi-Final with the winner travelling to Vancouver to play the British Columbia Lions in the Western Final.
In the East, the Montreal Alouettes will host the Hamilton Tier-Cats in next weekend’s Eastern Semi-Final, with the winner travelling to Manitoba to play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Eastern Final.
The Stampeders defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 30-24 yesterday at McMahon Stadium. Drew Tate won his third consecutive start by throwing 207 yards. The Stampeders got off to a quick 17-0 first quarter lead aided by a Brandon Smith fumble recovery and a blocked field goal.
Calgary then went up 24-0 on a Henry Burris touchdown run before the wheels started to come off. Winnipeg would score 17 unanswered points to pull within a touchdown.
In the second half, Rene Paredes connected with a 44 yard field goal in the third quarter, before Alex Brink pulled the Blue Bombers within a field goal on a two yard touchdown run. The Stampeders responded with a field goal before stopping the Blue Bombers on their final possession.
It wasn’t a complete effort by Calgary, but at the end of the day, they got the job done. My Stamps’ grade this week is a B+.
Meanwhile in Vancouver last night, the Alouettes played the worst game I have ever seen them play, in falling 43-1 to the Lions.