TORONTO -- When the dust finally settled on what was a wild Week 12, one team booked their ticket to the post-season, while another league juggernaut was forced to wait at least another week.
On Friday night, the Calgary Stampeders put together a thrilling comeback as they upset the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with a final score of 26-22 to prove their dominance not only in the West but throughout the league.
Saturday afternoon saw a double-header leading off with Winnipeg paying a visit to Edmonton. The Eskimos were able to pull through at home and negate the momentum that the Bombers may have had exiting Week 11 against the Riders and claim their first victory at home with a score of 25-7.
As a result, the Stampeders clinched a playoff berth for the ninth season in a row.
The second of two games saw the Toronto Argonauts visit the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Rookie QB Zach Collaros did it again and was able to pull off a come-from-behind win with a close score of 31-29.
Sunday afternoon brought the Montreal Alouettes into BC Place to take on the Lions. Although claiming a victory at home, the Lions lost starting quarterback Travis Lulay in the fourth quarter.
Here's how the action went down.
Calgary 26, Hamilton 22
Bo Levi Mitchell hit Marquay McDaniel for a 15-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter, as the Stamps earned a thrilling 26-22 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday night at McMahon Stadium.
Mitchell finished with 257 yards and a pair of touchdowns while overcoming two interceptions to improve to 3-0 in his young career, while Maurice Price and McDaniel each caught a touchdown pass to lead the Red and White to a clutch win.
Henry Burris became just the fifth player in CFL history to eclipse 50,000 passing yards in the loss, while throwing for 408 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.
Running back C.J. Gable, meanwhile, went over 100 yards receiving for the second straight game, finishing the night with 161 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, including 108 through the air.
Edmonton 25, Winnipeg 7
Mike Reilly threw three touchdown passes, while the Eskimo defence had its best performance of the season as Edmonton cruised to a 25-7 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday evening at Commonwealth Stadium.
Fred Stamps continued his impressive campaign with two more touchdown receptions, while Adarius Bowman had his first touchdown grab in nearly two years, earning the Eskimos their first win of the season at home and ending an eight-game losing streak.
Reilly finished the evening with 196 yards and three touchdowns on 16-25 passing, to go with 113 rushing yards on nine carries in one of the most dominant starts of his career.
Toronto 31, Saskatchewan 29
For the second straight week, Zach Collaros led a furious fourth-quarter comeback to help the Toronto Argonauts top the Saskatchewan Roughriders 31-29 on the road Saturday night.
Last week, Collaros and the Argonauts engineered a character-building second half comeback, erasing a 25-8 deficit to top the Montreal Alouettes 37-30 as they continue to battle life without Ricky Ray.
It didn’t take the Argos long to pick up where they left off and it was thanks to their defence who helped spark the comeback last week with an interception touchdown by Kiante Tripp.
Montreal 14, BC 36
Travis Lulay was forced out of the game in the fourth quarter with a suspected shoulder injury, as the BC Lions smothered the Alouettes en-route to a 36-14 win at BC Place Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The injury arrived just as Lulay was crossing the goal line on a 14-yard touchdown run.
He was replaced by Thomas DeMarco and did not return.
The Alouettes and Lions met for the first time since Week 9, when Montreal pivot Tanner Marsh orchestrated a dramatic late-game comeback to shock BC for the win.