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September 26, 2022

Playoff Scenarios: Roughriders’ playoff hopes go through East

Jason Halstead/CFL.ca

TORONTO — The Saskatchewan Roughriders will have to set their eyes on the East if they want to make it to the 109th Grey cup at Mosaic Stadium.

The Calgary Stampeders’ win on Saturday over the Toronto Argonauts, coupled with the Roughriders’ Friday loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers ensures that the Riders can only qualify for the playoffs via the crossover.

On Friday night, the Blue Bombers guaranteed themselves a home playoff game thanks to their 31-13 win over the Roughriders.

They join the Toronto Argonauts as host playoff teams, after the Argos clinched their home date in Week 16.

With an 8-6 record and tiebreaker advantages over their East Division rivals, the Argos are guaranteed to host a playoff game.

The Week 17 playoff scenarios for the 109th Grey Cup on November 20 from Mosaic Stadium in Saskatchewan are below.

WEST DIVISION

• Winnipeg WIN OR Calgary LOSS = Winnipeg clinches a home playoff date
• Saskatchewan LOSS AND Calgary WIN = Saskatchewan can only qualify for the playoffs via crossover
• Edmonton LOSS AND Saskatchewan WIN = Edmonton is eliminated from playoff contention

EAST DIVISION

• No team can clinch a playoff spot this week

PLAYOFF PICTURE

• Winnipeg secured a post-season berth for the sixth consecutive season in Week 13.
• Toronto clinched a playoff berth for the second-straight season in Week 16.
• Calgary secured a playoff appearance for a club-record 17th straight season in Week 16. The streak is tied for fourth-longest in CFL history.
• BC clinched its first playoff berth since 2018 in Week 16.

CROSSOVER RULE

If the fourth-place team in division A – A4 – has more points than the third-place team in division B – B3 (they cannot be tied), A4 will cross over and take the place of B3 in terms of playoff seeding. A4 will then compete against B2 in the division B semi-final.

WEEK 18 SCHEDULE

• Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET – Saskatchewan at Hamilton (Get tickets)
• Saturday Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. ET – BC at Toronto (Get tickets)
• Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. ET – Edmonton at Winnipeg (Get tickets)
• Monday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. ET – Ottawa at Montreal (Get tickets)

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