October 17, 2023

Playoff Scenarios: Bombers clinch first, Stamps secure playoff berth

The Canadian Press

TORONTO — The CFL’s playoff picture is now fully in focus.

With the BC Lions loss to Calgary on Friday night, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have locked up the top spot in the West Division.

On Saturday, the Toronto Argonauts downed the Saskatchewan Roughriders, eliminating them from the post-season and securing the Stampeders’ spot to cement the West Division playoff picture.

Here are the complete Week 20 playoff scenarios.


  • Winnipeg WIN OR BC LOSS = Winnipeg claims the West Division title, and will host the Western Final at IG Field on Saturday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. ET. BC finishes second and hosts the Western Semi-Final at BC Place on Saturday, November 4 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Calgary WIN AND Saskatchewan LOSS = Calgary clinches a playoff spot.
  • Saskatchewan WIN AND Calgary LOSS = Saskatchewan clinches a playoff spot.


Playoff matchups are set.


  • Toronto clinched the East Division title for a third straight season in Week 15.
  • Winnipeg secured a playoff spot for a seventh consecutive year in Week 14.
  • BC clinched a postseason berth for a second straight year in Week 16.
  • Montreal secured second-place in the East Division for a second consecutive year in Week 19.
  • Hamilton clinched a playoff berth for a fifth straight season in Week 17.


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.


  • Friday, October 20 at 10 p.m. ET – Calgary at BC
  • Saturday, October 21 at 4 p.m. ET – Toronto at Saskatchewan
  • Saturday, October 21 at 7 p.m. ET – Edmonton at Winnipeg
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