TORONTO — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats clinched first place in the East Division on Saturday night despite not playing a single down of football.
With the Ticats out on a Week 18 bye, Hamilton just needed the Montreal Alouettes to lose or tie against the Blue Bombers to clinch the division.
The Bombers defeated Alouettes 35-24 at IG Field, meaning Hamilton claimed first in the East and will host the Eastern Final on November 17.
In the West, the Eskimos clinched their spot in the post-season with a win over the BC Lions.
Week 18 playoff scenarios:
Montreal Loss or Tie = Hamilton clinched first place in the East Division
Edmonton Win OR Tie = Edmonton earned a playoff berth via crossover; BC eliminated from playoffs
Who has clinched a playoff berth?
Who has been eliminated from playoff contention
If the playoffs started today (October 12):
Western Semi-Final: Winnipeg at Saskatchewan
Western Final: TBD at Calgary
Eastern Semi-Final: Edmonton at Montreal
Eastern Final: TBD at Hamilton
Out of the playoffs: BC, Toronto, Ottawa