October 21, 2019

Playoff Scenarios: Stamps can clinch home playoff game

The Canadian Press

TORONTO — The West Division playoff picture could get a little clearer after Week 20.

The Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders will be playing for home field advantage this week.

If the Stampeders defeat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday night, they will host a playoff game at McMahon Stadium. If the Riders defeat the Edmonton Eskimos, or a Bombers loss or tie, on Saturday night, they will host a playoff game at Mosaic Stadium.

Calgary also has a chance to win the West Division. If the Stamps win and the Riders lose, Calgary will clinch first in the division and will host the Western Final.

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Week 20 playoff scenarios:


Calgary Win OR Tie = Calgary clinches a home playoff date

Calgary Win AND Saskatchewan Loss = Calgary clinches first place in the division and will host the Western Final on November 17

Saskatchewan Win or Tie OR Winnipeg Loss or Tie = Saskatchewan clinches a home playoff date


  • Calgary clinched its 15th consecutive playoff appearance in Week 15.
  • Winnipeg secured its fourth straight spot in the post-season in Week 15.
  • Saskatchewan claimed a post-season berth for the third consecutive year in Week 16.
  • Montreal earned its first playoff spot since 2014 in Week 17 and claimed Eastern Semi-final hosting duties in Week 18.
  • After reserving the right to host a home playoff date for a second year-in-a-row in Week 15, Hamilton secured home field for the Eastern Final in Week 18.
  • Edmonton clinched a playoff berth as the crossover team in Week 18 and will head to the post-season for the fifth time in six seasons.


Edmonton, the fourth-place team in the West Division, has more points than Toronto, the third-place team in the East Division, and will therefore, cross over and claim the third playoff spot in the East Division. This marks the fourth consecutive year in which a team has crossed over – a new CFL record.

At 2-1, Edmonton is the only crossover team with a winning record since the rule came into effect in 1996.

Montreal will host Edmonton in the East Semi-final on November 10. The Alouettes are a perfect 3-0 when hosting the crossover team.


  • Winnipeg can still host a playoff game if the team defeats Calgary this week and the Stampeders lose to BC in Week 21
  • A Winnipeg victory this week, a Calgary loss next week and two Saskatchewan losses would result in a three-way tie atop the West Division at 11-7. The common record between the three teams and the higher winning percentage will then serve as the tie-breaker. In this scenario:
    • Calgary: 3-2 (.600)
    • Winnipeg: 3-3 (.500)
    • Saskatchewan: 2-3 (.400)

If the playoffs started today (October 21):

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