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October 3, 2022

Playoff Scenarios: Bombers claim top spot in the West

Jason Halstead/CFL.ca

TORONTO — Thanksgiving Weekend presented by Purolator was a success for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, as they clinched the top spot in the West Division.

The Blue Bombers’ win over the Edmonton Elks on Saturday, paired with the BC Lions’ Saturday loss to the Toronto Argonauts clinched a first place finish in the West Division for the Blue Bombers.

The Elks’ loss also ensured that they will not see the postseason in 2022.

Thanksgiving Monday carried more playoff implications with it, but it didn’t work out in the favour of the Montreal Alouettes.

The Ottawa REDBLACKS’ 24-18 win over Montreal prevented the Als from clinching a home playoff date.

Week 18 playoff scenarios for the 109th Grey Cup on November 20 from Mosaic Stadium in Saskatchewan are below:

WEST DIVISION

  • Winnipeg WIN AND BC LOSS = Winnipeg clinches first place in the West Division and will host the Western Final on November 13 at IG Field.
  • Edmonton LOSS OR Saskatchewan WIN = Edmonton is eliminated from playoff contention.

EAST DIVISION

  • Montreal Win = Montreal clinches a home playoff date.
  • Ottawa LOSS AND Saskatchewan WIN = Ottawa is eliminated from playoff contention.

PLAYOFF PICTURE

  • Winnipeg secured a post-season berth for the sixth consecutive season in Week 13. They booked a home playoff game in Week 17.
  • Toronto clinched a home playoff date 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.

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