As was quite common during the 2012 season, the Blue Bombers were slow starters in this game. The Alouettes rested Anthony Calvillo and started Adrian McPherson at quarterback. McPherson looked sharp in the first quarter as he guided the Als to a field goal by Sean Whyte; a chip shot from 17 yards out. McPherson continued his brilliant play on the following drive and he scored the Alouettes only touchdown on a 5 yard gallop.
Winnipeg quarterbacks Buck Pierce and Joey Elliott were both on the 9-game injured list so the Blue Bombers turned to Alex Brink as their starter. Brink finally put together a drive late in the first quarter. The drive would stall and on the first play of the 2nd quarter Justin Palardy kicked a 24 yard field goal.
Alex Brink started the Bombers on the move again with a 33 yard run. Winnipeg then turned to Justin Goltz who ran a wildcat style offence for a couple of plays. Unfortunately Goltz couldn't generate a first down and the field goal team was summoned. Palardy attempted the kick from 48 yards away; although it was on line, the kick fell short and bounced into the end zone for a point.
Alex Brink started the Bombers' next drive from the 5 yard line. Brink looked sharp as he moved the offence into Montreal territory. Once again...
The Blue Bombers made their final visit ever to Ivor Wynne Stadium. The winners of this game would keep their playoff hopes alive while the loser would be eliminated from the playoff race.
The Tabbies were the first to hit the scoreboard when Henry Burris completed a 19 yard pass to Chris Williams for a touchdown. Two minutes later, the Ti-Cats had their second TD of the opening quarter; Greg Peach recovered a Buck Pierce fumble for the major. Buck Pierce left the game with an injury on this play.
Late in the 2nd quarter, the Tiger-Cats added another touchdown on a 9 yard pass from Burris to Andy Fantuz. The Bombers would reply with a 55 yard drive comprised mostly of running plays. Justin Palardy put the Blue and Gold on the scoreboard with a 22 yard field goal. Hamilton led 22-3 at halftime.
Early in the second half, Luca Congi kicked an 18 yard field goal to put Hamilton up by 22 points. Late in the 3rd quarter, Joey Elliott marched the Bombers 53 yards in 7 plays for a touchdown; Elliott scored the TD on a 6 yard run.
Just before the three minute warning, the Blue Bombers turned the ball over on downs at the Winnipeg 37 yard line. The Ti-Cats' offence couldn't move the ball but Congi was able to nail a 36 yard...
This game saw quarterbacks Buck Pierce and Ricky Ray return from injuries in this pivotal game in the playoff race.
The Blue Bombers dominated the time of possession in the first quarter. It was a 17 play drive that ate up 8 minutes of the opening quarter. The big play of the drive was a 35 yard pass from Buck Pierce to Doug Pierce. The scoring play was a 4 yard pass from Alex Brink to Jason Vega.
On the ensuing kickoff, Chad Owens fumbled the ball and James Green recovered at the Toronto 28 yard line. It appeared as though Isaac Anderson may have scored his first career touchdown on a 13 yard pass from Buck Pierce but upon review it was determined that Anderson was downed at the one yard line. On the next play, Alex Brink scored on a 1 yard run.
The Argonauts kept themselves in the game with a big second quarter. Ricky Ray had success with the long ball against the Bombers. One minute into the second quarter, Ray completed a 37 yard pass to Andre Durie for a touchdown.
The Bombers responded by marching the ball into field goal position. Will Ford had a 36 yard run which set up a 32 yard field goal from Justin Palardy.
The Argonauts responded quickly with another...
The Winnipeg defence started off well as they forced the Stampeders to punt on the first possession of the game. Unfortunately Calgary got the ball back immediately as Demond Washington mishandled the punt. This time the Stamps were able to move the ball 12 yards for a touchdown; Jon Cornish scored on a 3 yard run.
On Calgary's next possession, Kevin Glenn took nearly 8 minutes off the clock as the Stampeders marched 67 yards in 16 plays. The drive fizzled out at the Winnipeg 18 yard line and Rene Paredes was asked to kick a 25 yard field goal.
Calgary got the ball back right away as Chad Simpson fumbled the ball away at the Winnipeg 46 yard line. It only took 4 plays for Kevin Glenn to put the ball in the end zone; Glenn completed a 25 yard pass to Nik Lewis for the touchdown.
Joey Elliott finally got a chance to run the Winnipeg offence as the 2nd quarter started. He was able to guide the Bombers 52 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown. Chad Simpson scored the TD on an 8 yard run up the middle.
Calgary once again put together a long drive. The 12th play of the drive was a 29 yard field goal from Paredes.
A fine kickoff return by Demond Washington set the Bombers...
Buck Pierce failed to get medical clearance to play so the Blue Bombers turned to Joey Elliott to guide the offence. Elliott engineered a 12 play drive to start the game but the Blue Bombers had to settle for a 24 yard field goal from Justin Palardy.
The Alouettes followed suit by marching the ball into Winnipeg territory only to settle for a 27 yard field goal from Sean Whyte. On the ensuing kickoff, Demond Washington fumbled the ball and Montreal took over at the Winnipeg 40 yard line. It looked like the Alouettes were going to take the lead when Andre Carroll forced a fumble and Jonathan Hefney recovered for the Bombers at the 3 yard line.
After failing to gain a first down, Mike Renaud was forced to punt from the Winnipeg end zone. Demond Washington made up for his previous faux pas as he forced Montreal punt returner Trent Guy to fumble and Will Ford recovered for Winnipeg. On the next play, Elliott combined with Terrence Edwards on a 50 yard pass and run for a touchdown.
Montreal responded with a touchdown on the first drive of the 2nd quarter. Backup quarterback Adrian McPherson scored the TD on a 1 yard sneak.
It only took two offensive plays for the Blue Bombers to regain the lead. Joey Elliott hooked up...
1938 - Toronto Argonauts 30 - Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7 - Grey Cup @ Toronto
Greg Kabat kicked off to the Toronto Argonauts. Winnipeg started its first possession at the Toronto 39 yard line after Bob Isbister punted the ball out bounds. The Blue Bombers gained 4 yards and Art Stevenson punted on 3rd down - Bill Stukus fielded the ball in the end zone and he was eventually brought down for a single point. The Blue Bombers caught a break later in the 1st quarter when MacPherson of the Argos fumbled the ball on the Toronto 15 yard line. The Blue Bombers only gained 6 yards on two tries - Greg Kabat kicked a 15 yard FG on third down. The first quarter ended with Winnipeg in front 4-0.
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