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Three out of four isn’t too bad, and despite there being one team that got the upset, #TotalPickEm in Week 17 hit at a 75 percent clip.
The Montreal Alouettes got a massive performance from their defence to halt the Calgary Stampeders’ winning streak and clinch their first playoff berth since 2014 in the process. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and BC Lions all came out with the wins in their matchups over the weekend, leaving the season record at 49-16.
Edmonton 12, Hamilton 42
Another night, another win for the Ticats (12-3), who came up big against the Esks (7-8) with the ’99 Grey Cup champs in the building.
Dane Evans completed 75 percent of his passes for 277 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win. Brandon Banks had another touchdown and 81 yards and Tyrell Sutton rumbled for 88 yards on 11 carries.
The Tabbies remained undefeated at Tim Hortons Field this year and have a chance to stay spotless with their two remaining home dates coming against the REDBLACKS and the Argos.
Calgary 17, Montreal 21
It certainly wasn’t the best day Vernon Adams Jr. has had this season, but he gave heaps of praise to his defence and special teams following the Als’ (8-6) victory over the Stamps (9-5) on Saturday.
The Montreal defence had two sacks, four pass knockdowns, an interception, and three forced fumbles. They made Bo Levi Mitchell uncomfortable in the second half and held the Stamps pointless in the final two quarters of play.
Montreal is headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2014. They’ll play their final inter-divisional game against the Bombers in Week 18 before finishing the year against the Argos, Ticats, and REDBLACKS.
Winnipeg 6, Saskatchewan 21
After splitting the first two games of their season series, the Riders (10-4) got the best of the Bombers (9-6) in the rubber match on Saturday.
Cody Fajardo completed 65 percent of his passes for 300 yards and a touchdown while Shaq Evans had his best outing of the campaign, catching seven balls for 193 yards and a touchdown.
The Riders vaulted themselves into top spot in the West Division with the win. They’ve got two more games against the Lions and a head-to-head with the Stamps awaiting in Week 18.
Toronto 8, BC 55
Mike Reilly set a new career-high in touchdown passes while helping the Leos (5-10) win their fourth straight contest at the hands of the Argos (2-12)
Reilly had five scoring tosses and 276 yards on the game and he got his top target involved early and often. Bryan Burnham had another big game, putting up 145 yards and three receiving majors. John White also had 121 rushing yards on 20 touches.
While it’s been all smiles for BC as of late, it was another tough outing for the Argos. They’ll have the chance to get some wins down the stretch as they play two more games against the REDBLACKS in weeks 18 and 20.