TORONTO -- Week 17 is in the books and the the continuous fight for home-field advantage in the playoffs is heating up.
On Friday, the Stampeders kicked things off by downing the Edmonton Eskimos 27-13 at Commonwealth Stadium.
On Saturday, Winnipeg and Toronto went toe-to-toe in the first half of a double header, with the Argos claiming a 26-20 victory. Later that night, the Roughriders hosted the BC Lions and earned a 35-14 win.
Finally, Troy Smith and the Alouettes beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on 36-5 on Sunday afternoon.
Here's how the action went down:
Stampeders 27, Eskimos 13
The Calgary Stampeders clinched a home playoff date as they swept the season series with Edmonton with a 27-13 win over the Eskimos Friday night at Commonwealth.
A win by the BC Lions on Saturday over Saskatchewan will lock up the West Division for the Stamps.
It was a landmark evening for veteran Calgary starter Kevin Glenn who moved into 10th place on the CFL’s all-time passing list, surpassing Tom Clements who had 39,041 yards in 182 games. Glenn entered Friday with 39,016 yards and achieved the feat with a pass to Jon Cornish out of the backfield.
Argonauts 26, Blue Bombers 20
Ricky Ray and Jason Barnes connected to set-up a game-clinching field goal, and the Toronto Argonauts held off a furious fourth quarter surge by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for a 26-20 win on Saturday afternoon at Investors Group Field.
Andre Durie and Dontrelle Inman each caught a touchdown pass as the Boatmen took a 23-3 lead into the half, but in the end it was the Toronto defence needing to shut the door as the Argo offence scored just three second-half points.
Ray had 215 yards and a touchdown on 20-33 passing in the win, but was also intercepted for the second time this season and held to under a 70 per cent passing efficiency rating in a game for the first team in 2013.
Hall finished his afternoon with 378 passing yards on 29-48 passing with a touchdown and an interception, but failed to earn his second win as a starter.
Lions 14, Roughriders 35
The Saskatchewan Roughriders jumped out to a massive first half lead and never looked back, downing the BC Lions 35-14 on a rainy Saturday night at Mosaic Stadium.
With the win, the Roughriders secured themselves a home playoff game, and prevented the Calgary Stampeders from clinching top spot in the West Division.
Weston Dressler was his old reliable self, hauling in three passes for 107 yards and a touchdown, while Kory Sheets carried the ball 23 times for 144 yards and a score of his own, leading the charge offensively for the Green and White.
Sheets, who missed almost 3 games with a knee injury, has been the main catalyst for the Riders attack since getting back into the lineup, having rushed for 330 yards and five touchdowns in his last three outings. Tonight, the Purdue product eclipsed the 1,500-yard mark on the season.
Tiger-Cats 5, Alouettes 36
Both Troy Smith and Tyrell Sutton made good in their first career CFL starts, leading the Alouettes to a 36-5 victory over the visiting Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday afternoon at Percival Molson Stadium.
Smith completed 17 of his 35 passes for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Sutton was solid as well, carrying the ball 13 times for 84 yards and a touchdown, hauling in 4 passes for an additional 37 yards as well.
With the win, the Als kept their hopes of hosting a home playoff game alive. The two teams will meet again next week in Guelph, in what should be a heated East Division affair.