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While the #TotalPickEm managed to get three out of four games correct in Week 20, it closed out the season on a high note, getting every matchup right in Week 21.
The Alouettes, Roughriders, Tiger-Cats, and Stampeders took care of business in the final week of the 2019 regular season, leaving the record for the year officially is 63-18.
Montreal 42, Ottawa 32
Vernon Adams Jr. had the chance to both start and finish the game for the Als (10-8), who got the best of the REDBLACKS (3-15) to open Week 21.
Matthew Shiltz got some more reps under centre, completing 75 percent of his tosses for 101 yards and a touchdown. Khari Jones gave Adams the chance to go and kneel out the game, sealing the first 10-plus win campaign for the Als since 2012.
The Alouettes now head back home to get ready for the Eastern Semi-Final, where they’ll welcome the Edmonton Eskimos to Percival-Molson Memorial Stadium.
Edmonton 13, Saskatchewan 23
It was a day 10 years in the making for the Riders (12-6), who clinched the West Division on Saturday for the first time since 2009 with a win over the Esks (8-10).
It was the Isaac Harker show, and the 24-year-old didn’t dissapoint, going for 213 yards while completing 82 percent of his passes. Cameron Judge’s pick-6 in the final minutes put the game to bed. That cemented a big day from the Rider defence, who had three sacks, two interceptions, and a forced fumble.
The Riders will hope to get everyone back to full health ahead of hosting the Western Semi-Final on Nov. 17.
Toronto 18, Hamilton 21
The Argos (4-14) put forth a solid effort in their season finale, but it just wasn’t quite enough to come out on top of the Ticats (15-3).
It was a battle of young pivots, as Dakota Prukop and Michael O’Connor went head-to-head with Hayden Moore. The highlight of the game came from Prukop, who avoided a sack and unleashed a bullet downfield to Rodney Smith for a 75-yard touchdown. Lirim Hajrullahu got the last laugh, however, knocking a game-winning field goal through to give the Tabbies the win.
Hamilton finished the season with a perfect 9-0 record at Tim Hortons Field. They also hold the league’s best record and will get some much-deserved rest ahead of the Eastern Final.
Calgary 21, BC 16
In the final game of the season, the Stamps (12-6) couldn’t win the West with a victory over the Lions (5-13). They still went out and took care of business on the road.
Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 283 yards and a touchdown while the Stamps’ defence got a good tuneup for the playoffs, nabbing a pair of interceptions and forcing a fumble. Dexter McCoil sealed the game with a pick in the final minute of the contest.
The Stamps will now host the Western Semi-Final at McMahon Stadium, where they’ll go head-to-head with an opponent they’ve seen a lot of the last few weeks: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers.