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 Justin Goltz replaced Brink at the controls. Brink did return for a 2nd and 6 but he was unable to convert. Mike Renaud picked up a single when his punt bounced into the end zone.
The Blue Bombers another opportunity to score points in the final minute of the first half. After generating a couple of first downs, Brink made an ill advised throw that was intercepted at the Montreal 21 yard line. Montreal led 10-5 at the break.
Midway through the 3rd quarter, Jovon Johnson had a 44 yard punt return which set the Bombers up in Montreal territory. After failing to get a first down, Justin Palardy entered the game and he kicked a 41 yard field goal. On the final play of the quarter, Sean Whyte picked up another punt single to make the score Montreal 11 - Winnipeg 8.
Three minutes into the 4th quarter, Jovon Johnson had a brilliant 70 yard punt return to the Montreal 9 yard line. Only a tackle by the turf monster prevented Jovon from going all the way. At this point, Justin Goltz took over the quarterbacking duties. Two plays later, Goltz ran six yards on a quarterback draw for the Bombers' only touchdown of the day.
On the Bombers next possession, Goltz moved the chains a couple of times before the drive stalled. Once again Justin Palardy came on to kick a 38 yard field goal.
The Blue Bombers started their final possession at the 5 yard line after Jovon lost yards on a punt return. Goltz looked poised as he moved the team away from the goal posts. The march would fizzle near centre field and Mike Renaud was forced to punt. Renaud launched his longest kick of the season; 72 yards for a single.
Montreal had 28 seconds to move the ball. On the final play at Winnipeg Stadium, Kenny Mainor sacked Adrian McPherson for a loss of 3 yards.
Grid Notes: In addition to being the final game at Winnipeg Stadium, this was also the CFL Hall of Fame game for 2012. Headlining the class of 2012 were Damon Allen and former Blue Bombers' great Milt Stegall. Also near and dear to the hearts of Winnipeggers was Tyrone Jones who was inducted posthumously.
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