October 28, 2018

Updated Playoff Scenarios: Riders clinch home playoff game

TORONTO — Playoff football is coming to Mosaic Stadium this November.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders punched their ticket to a home playoff game thanks to a one-sided win over the BC Lions on Saturday night. In the process, thanks in part to Calgary’s loss on Friday night, the Riders remain in the running to win the West.

The weekend’s games have set up a wild finish in the West Division, with first place all coming down to the last game of the regular season between the Stamps and Lions on Saturday, Nov. 3.  A Stamps win, clinches the division and a loss means they will host Winnipeg in the Western Semi-Final.

Earlier on Saturday, the Ottawa REDBLACKS clinched first place in the East Division and will host the Eastern Final on Nov. 18 after defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

As a result, the Ticats secured second place in the division and will host the Eastern Semi-Final on Nov. 11 against the BC Lions.

The Bombers punched their ticket to the post-season in the ultra-competitive West Division following a win over the first-placed Calgary Stampeders Friday night. In doing so, they have eliminated the Edmonton Eskimos, who will miss the playoffs for the firs time since 2013.

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Here are the playoff scenarios for Week 20:

East Division Scenarios

  • Ottawa Win OR Tie = Ottawa clinched first place in the East division and will host Eastern Final on Nov. 18.  As a result, Hamilton secured second place in the East and will host the Eastern Semi-Final against a West Division crossover team on Nov. 11.


West Division Scenarios

  • Saskatchewan win OR tie = Saskatchewan secured a home playoff date, and remains in contention for first in the West. A Calgary loss in the Week 21 season finale would mean a first-place finish for the Riders.
  • Winnipeg Win OR Tie = Winnipeg clinched the final playoff berth and Edmonton has been eliminated from playoff contention.
  • Winnipeg Win + BC Loss = Winnipeg finishes third and BC becomes the crossover team.


Who has clinched a playoff berth

  • Calgary Stampeders
  • Ottawa REDBLACKS
  • Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • BC Lions
  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Who has been eliminated from playoff contention

  • Montreal Alouettes
  • Toronto Argonauts
  • Edmonton Eskimos


  • BC has been confirmed as the Eastern crossover team and will face Hamilton in the Eastern Semi-Final.
  • Winnipeg has locked in third place in the West and will face one of Saskatchewan or Calgary in the Western Semi-Final.


If the playoffs started today (Oct. 28): 

Western Semi-Final: Winnipeg at Saskatchewan
Western Final: TBD at Calgary

Eastern Semi-Final: BC at Hamilton
Eastern Final: TBD at Ottawa

Out of the playoffs: Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal