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Sports Blue Bombers secure home playoff date

07:06  04 november  2017
07:06  04 november  2017 Source:   msn.com

Banks, Wilder Jr. and Carter earn CFL honours

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat the Calgary Stampeders 23-5 at McMahon Stadium on Friday to lock down second spot in the CFL’s West Division and a home playoff date . The Winnipeg defence came up big as rookie defensive back Brandon Alexander had an interception return for a touchdown

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat the Calgary Stampeders 23-5 at McMahon Stadium on Friday to lock down second spot in the CFL's West Division and a home playoff date . Winnipeg will face Saskatchewan or Edmonton in 1st round of playoffs .

a football player on a field © Provided by thecanadianpress.com CALGARY - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat the Calgary Stampeders 23-5 at McMahon Stadium on Friday to lock down second spot in the CFL's West Division and a home playoff date.

The Winnipeg defence came up big as rookie defensive back Brandon Alexander had an interception return for a touchdown, while defensive lineman Tristan Okpalaugo picked up a fumble and ran it back into the Calgary end zone. Okpalaugo also had three sacks.

Justin Medlock added three field goals for the Blue Bombers (12-6), who will host the division semifinal at home on November 12 against either the Edmonton Eskimos or Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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CFL.CA STAFF CALGARY — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will host their first playoff game since 2011. 12 at Investors Group Field. Calgary, meanwhile, already has home date in the Western Final a week later at McMahon.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will play at least one more game at home in 2017. The team clinched home -field advantage for the CFL Western Semifinal by downing the league-leading Calgary Stampeders 23-5 in its regular-season finale at McMahon Stadium on Friday. Story continues below.

Rene Paredes kicked a field goal in the second quarter, while Medlock conceded a safety in the fourth quarter to account for all of Calgary's scoring.

Although Calgary finished the season with three straight losses, the Stampeders (13-4-1) had already clinched top spot in the West Division and the right to host the divisional final on November 19.

Andrew Buckley made his first career CFL start for Calgary and completed 13-of-18 passes for 120 yards before being replaced by Ricky Stanzi late in the third quarter. Buckley threw an interception and was sacked four times, while Stanzi also had two passes picked off and was sacked three times.

Dan LeFevour started for Winnipeg in place in place of injured starter Matt Nichols (leg) and went 13 for 17 for 91 yards before being relieved by Dominique Davis in the fourth quarter.

Bombers get second shot at home playoff game

  Bombers get second shot at home playoff game Justin Medlock and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have another chance to clinch a home playoff game. Medlock's errant 40-yard field goal attempt gave the Toronto Argonauts a 29-28 home win over Winnipeg on Saturday night. Had Medlock been successful, the Blue Bombers (11-5) would've cemented second in the West Division and their first home playoff contest since 2011.

B.C. Lions kicker Ty Long (1) can't stop Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Kevin Fogg (3) as he returns his kick for the touchdown during the first half of CFL action in Winnipeg on Saturday An Edmonton loss would give the Bombers a home playoff date for the first time since 2011.

Playoffs . Semi Finals. Blue Bombers | “Put On”. Recently signed free agents Nik Demski and Kienan LaFrance join Andrew Harris and Thomas Miles as home grown Winnipeg talent.

In cold and snowy conditions, Winnipeg running back Andrew Harris finished with 68 yards on eight carriers to give him a league-leading 1,035 yards this season. He moved past idle Ottawa Redblacks running back William Powell (1,026 yards) and can only be caught by Jeremiah Johnson (886 yards) of the B.C. Lions, who host the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday.

Harris also had five catches for 28 yards. His 105 catches on the season set a record for receptions by a running back. He broke the old record of 102 receptions by Craig Ellis of the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1985.

Calgary running back Jerome Messam had a chance to win his second straight rushing title, but he only finished with 30 yards on 12 carries to give him 1,016 yards for the season.

After Messam was stopped for no gain on Calgary's first possession, Buckley ran for nine yards, but came up just short of the first down.

The Stampeders' next possession was worse as Messam ran for just two yards before Buckley was picked off by Alexander, who ran the ball back 55 yards into the Calgary end zone for his first CFL touchdown.

Despite getting good field position on their next two drives, the Stamps weren't able to put up any points.

The Bombers also struggled offensively in the first half until Medlock kicked a 52-yard field goal at 4:51 of the second quarter. With the wind at his back, Medlock booted a line drive that hit the post and bounced through the uprights.

Medlock hit two more field goals from 22 and 28 yards before Okpalaugo recovered a fumble and ran 51 yards for a touchdown to put Winnipeg up 23-0. Ian Wild sacked Buckley to force the fumble.

Paredes finally got the Stamps on the scoreboard at 8:17 of the third quarter when he kicked a 27-yard field goal. Medlock then conceded a safety with 4:26 remaining in the game to give Calgary two more points.

Eskimos defeat Blue Bombers in West semifinal .
WINNIPEG - C.J. Gable wants to let his actions show the Edmonton Eskimos how thankful he is that they traded for him last month. The running back accomplished that on Sunday when he had 16 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns as the Eskimos defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 39-32 in the CFL West Division semifinal. "It gave me the opportunity to keep playing for (the Eskimos) and helping them out," Gable said of the Oct. 2 trade from Hamilton. The running back accomplished that on Sunday when he had 16 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns as the Eskimos defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 39-32 in the CFL West Division semifinal.

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