October 7, 2019

Updated Playoff Scenarios: Ticats clinch East; Esks punch their ticket

The Canadian Press

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.

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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?

  • Calgary Stampeders
  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • Montreal Alouettes
  • Edmonton Eskimos

Who has been eliminated from playoff contention

  • Ottawa REDBLACKS
  • Toronto Argonauts
  • BC Lions

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