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The Alouettes and Argos met on three occasions during the 2012 regular season with Montreal taking two of the three matchups by a combined 75-45 margin.  The Argos stunned the Als with an impressive 23-20 win at Percival Molson Stadium in July before dropping the final two with Ricky Ray getting injured in the second meeting and sitting out the final contest.  The Als enter well rested with the veteran Anthony Calvillo always a threat in the playoffs while the Argos are arguably the hottest team in the league after a convincing 42-point effort in the Eastern Semi-Final.

Shea Emry's 46-yard interception return touchdown sealed the deal for the Alouettes as they exited Toronto with a 24-12 win over the Argos.
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Trent Guy returned a missed field goal 129 yards for a touchdown as the Montreal Alouettes defeated the Toronto Argonauts 31-10 Sunday afternoon.
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Chad Owens' big first half was the difference maker, as the Toronto Argonauts downed the hometown Montreal Alouettes 23-20 on Friday night.
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Landry: Line of scrimmage key battleground for Argos - CFL.ca columnist Don Landry takes a look at the impact the defensive and offensive lines will have in Sunday's Eastern Final against the Als.

Horne, Argos secondary ready for the challenge - With a trip to Montreal to face Anthony Calvillo and the Alouettes, Pacino Horne and members of young Argos secondary are ready for whatever comes their way. Kackert's role unheralded but vital in Argos offence - While Chad Kackert's role in the Argos' offence is unheralded, its importance can't be overlooked with a trip to the Eastern Final in Montreal on the horizon.

Moffat: Calvillo looks to continue Big O success-
Montreal's Olympic Stadium has been kind to Anthony Calvillo and the Alouettes in most post-season visits, explains CFL.ca's Rick Moffat.
Hebert hopes to dress but remains a game-time decision-
Alouettes saftey Kyries Hebert was dressed but stayed on the sidelines at practice on Thursday, a day after limping off the field with a left ankle sprain.
Jennings is the man in the Als backfield -
Thrust into the starting lineup near the end of the season, RB Chris Jennings has made the most of his opportunities and will earn the start Sunday in the Eastern Final.



Argos Offence Ready For The Big O Noise -  The Toronto Argonauts are preparing for a raucous crowd at Olympic Stadium in Montreal for the Eastern Final and practiced with crowd noise on Friday. Ricky Ray 1-on-1 -  Toronto Argonauts QB Ricky Ray spoke to CFL.ca about his confidence going into the Eastern Final and the noise factor that will be present inside Olympic Stadium. Argos Focused on Shutting Down Calvillo -  The main focus for the Toronto defence when they face Montreal in the Eastern Final will be to get to Anthony Calvillo early and often to throw him off his game. 

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Als Defence Looking To Slow Down Ray
 - The Montreal Alouettes' defence know that their biggest challenge will be stopping Ricky Ray, who is currently on a hot streak.
Hebert a Game-Time Decision
 - Montreal safety Kyries Hebert injured his ankle during practice Wednesday and is now a game-time decision for Sunday's Eastern Final.
Jamel Richardson 1-on-1
 - Montreal Slotback Jamel Richardson spoke about how he and the team are preparing for their game against Toronto in the Eastern Final after a week off.


Ricky Ray is simply red-hot right now, passing for 927 yards and 10 touchdowns in his last three games and seems to have his entire squad behind him as Toronto's offence is playing its best ball of the season.  Anthony Calvillo meanwhile had another all-star calibre year, finishing second in the league in passing and enters well rested and healthy.  This one comes down to who executes better in the big game on any given day.  Advantage: Even

Toronto's receiving corps has really rounded into shape in the last third of the season with the likes of Inman, Barnes and Mann adding to the lateral quickness of Durie and Owens.  The Als have continuity.  When Richardson,Green and Bratton are on their game, they seem to be in the right spots on every play and catch everything that comes thier way. Advantage: Montreal

Running Game
If there was any doubt if the Argos made the right decision to go with Chad Kackert over Cory Boyd, it was proven this weekend when the two went head-to-head with Kackert racking up 139 combined yards and 2 TDs.  The Als run game is a bit trickier with Brandon Whitaker out and Victor Anderson still questionable, this may be Chris Jennings' backfield.  Advantage: Toronto

Defensive Line
These are two d-lines that have seen significant change since training camp - one by choice and one by necessity.  Injuries have forced the Als to do some juggling while the Argos' style of defence rests on a blitz-heavy pass rush which rotates linemen in and out while linebackers get their crack at the QB.  The Als generated more sacks though which may be the only edge  Advantage: Montreal

Conversely, the Argos linebackers are an active bunch. The crew featuring Brandon Isaac, Robert McCune and Marcus Ball are lethal coming off the edge and through the middle in blitz packages.  Meanwhile, a veteran group leads Montreal with a physical lineup that features Shea Emry, Chip Cox and Rod Davis.  Advantage: Even
Defensive Backs
Two teams who's secondary play very different schemes have playmakers all over the field.  The Argos press-coverage unit enters as a confident group with the veteran Jordan Younger leading the way.  Not to be outdone, the Alouettes have a squad that has shored up their propensity to give up the big plays, largely in part to the play and experience of Kyries Hebert. Advantage: Toronto

Special Teams
While the Alouettes kicking game is spot-on, Owens simply cannot be overlooked in the Argos' return game, especially after returning his first punt for a touchdown in the semis.  That said, if anyone knows about getting burned by the Montreal returners its the Argos who gave up a record 129-yard missed field goal return touchdown by Trent Guy in Week 13.  Advantage: Toronto


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