TORONTO -- Week 16 is in the books and the push for the playoffs becomes ever-present.
On Friday, the Stampeders kicked off Thanksgiving Weekend by serving up a 40-26 defeat to the BC Lions on the strength of another stellar performance by Jon Cornish.
Kory Sheets ran for 106 yards and a touchdown on Saturday, to give the Riders their second straight win keeping their home playoff game hopes alive.
On Monday, Winnipeg and Montreal kicked off a double header that would go a long way in altering the Eastern Division playoff picture. The Blue Bombers stunned the Alouettes before the Tiger-Cats spoiled Ricky Ray's return with a 24-18 win at Alumni Stadium in Guelph.
Here's how the action went down:
BC 26, Calgary 40
Jon Cornish had 165 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, while Chris Randle had a 65-yard interception return touchdown to lead the Calgary Stampeders to a 40-26 win over the BC Lions on Friday night at McMahon Stadium.
The Lions surged back from a first-half deficit of 15 points to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but Cornish led the Stamps right back down the field to lead to the go-ahead touchdown, before Randle's pick-six put the game out of reach.
Cornish had 130 rushing yards to break his own record for most rushing yards in a season by a non-import, and also added 35 yards through the air on three catches in another massive game.
Edmonton, 9 Saskatchewan 14
Kory Sheets ran for 106 yards and a touchdown, while the Roughrider defence held strong with a clutch goal line stand, as Saskatchewan hung on for a 14-9 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday evening.
Heading into Friday’s matchup, the Eskimos made it clear that quarterback Mike Reilly would no longer be restricted from fleeing the pocket, saying that this week’s playbook would be much more suited towards his skill-set, one that includes running the ball.
Winnipeg 34, Montreal 27
Running back Will Ford registered 108 total yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Max Hall completed 16 of his 27 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns, as the Blue Bombers downed the Alouettes 34-27 on Thanksgiving Monday.
With the win, the Bombers take the season-series over the Alouettes, outscoring their Eastern rivals 86-76.
The loss by Montreal also means they will have to wait another week to try and clinch a spot in the 101st Grey Cup Playoffs.
Toronto 18, Hamilton 24
CJ Gable racked up 164 total yards and a touchdown, while Henry Burris threw for 350 yards, as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats downed the Toronto Argonauts 24-18 on Thanksgiving Monday.
With the win, the Ticats earned the season-series victory, and will hold onto the coveted Ballard Trophy for the year as their reward.
Last week, the Ticats took the first of the home-and-home set with a 33-19 win over Zach Collaros and the Boatmen.
This week however, the Argos were getting back their meal-ticket in Ricky Ray who missed six weeks with an injured shoulder. His return under centre was met with some losses in other positions though.