The Stampeders needed some late-game heroics from QB Drew Tate to sneak by the Roughriders last Sunday and earn a date with the defending Grey Cup champs and this season’s top CFL team, the BC Lions in the Western Final.
Calgary Stampeders at BC Lions (-6.5, 51.5)
Saturday, 1:30PM, TSN
Drew Tate threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns, including a 68-yard strike to Romby Bryant late in the fourth quarter to put the nail in the coffin. But the victory came at a cost. Tate took several huge hits throughout the contest and it was later revealed he played with a fractured right arm. The Iowa product is done for the season, but the Stamps have a more than capable backup. Kevin Glenn, who was benched for last week’s game in favour of Tate despite having played in 15 games this season, has 12 years of CFL experience and will answer the bell. Calgary is 0-4-1 ATS in its last five playoff games, but has covered in eight of its last nine trips to B.C.
The Lions are the defending Grey Cup champs and have had a week to lick their wounds and get ready for Calgary. BC took two of three regular season meetings from the Stamps, but Calgary came away with a 41-21 victory in the most recent clash in late October. Lions QB Travis Lulay doesn’t have a ton of playoff experience, but he’s been effective in limited action. The pivot has eight TD’s (six passing, two rushing) and 1,080 yards in his three playoff appearances. The over is 5-0 in the Lions’ last five playoff games.