Stampeders 32 – Eskimos 28
Most agree, last night’s game was the Grey Cup, with the two top teams in the league squaring off. No offence to Toronto, who will use their underdog card as motivation for Sunday’s Grey Cup Final.
For Calgary, they re-asserted themselves as the league’s best. A tall order given the fact they hadn’t played a meaningful football game for a month after locking up first place in the West early. The tapered off at the end of the regular season posting three straight losses. Which team would show up for the win-or-go-home West Final?
Well after the first quarter it looked like a blow out–for Edmonton.
Blown coverage in the backfield led to two TDs and a 14-0 lead. Calgary is a veteran team, so you knew they would have some kind of response, but someone was going to have to make some plays. Here are the game balls for the evening.
Defence: Apart from the early busts, the secondary shut down the potent aerial attack and kept Edmonton to 4 points until late in the 4th after the initial first quarter meltdown.
Offence: I want to say Dan Federkeil and his hilarious run, but it has to be Roy Finch followed by the run game. The game plan was a success; the run game chewed up 182 yards. Finch broke out a catch and run for a TD late in the second quarter that broke Edmonton. That followed an Edmonton missed field goal.
Special Teams: Have to give this one to the wind. Yes. The wind. The wind turned two Edmonton field goal attempts into 1 point. The bend in the wind was incredible to watch, something only the football gods could muster.
Calgary will head to Ottawa to prepare for the most important game of the year. THey enter as favorites, as they did last year. But we all know what happened last year, and this time, the Stamps have even more to prove.