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Winnipeg 28, Edmonton 21
When: 8:30 PM ET, Thursday, June 27, 2019
Where: IG Field, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Attendance: 25336

Blue Bombers 28, Eskimos 21: Matt Nichols tossed three touchdown passes as Winnipeg held off Edmonton to win its first home opener since 2014.

Nichols completed 13-of-21 passes for 200 yards while Nic Demski rushed for 49 yards and a touchdown to help the Blue Bombers improve to 2-0. Lucky Whitehead hauled in seven passes for 155 yards and a pair of scores while Andrew Harris had a TD reception for Winnipeg, which has won seven of its last 10 home games dating back to the start of 2018.

Trevor Harris was 35-of-54 for 345 yards and Sean Whyte kicked seven field goals for the Eskimos, who fell to 2-1 on the season. Kenny Stafford caught eight passes for 108 yards and Ricky Collins Jr. gained 107 on eight receptions for Edmonton, which couldn't overcome 10 penalties for 118 yards.

Demski powered his way into the end zone from 7 yards out on a drive that was aided by three Edmonton penalties before Whitehead hauled in a 75-yard TD pass from Nichols to put Winnipeg in front 14-3 after one quarter. The Eskimos drove into the red zone twice but had to settle for a pair of field goals (20 and 10 yards) from Whyte before he drilled a 45-yarder as time expired in the first half to cut the deficit to two points.

Nichols threw a 5-yard scoring strike to Harris and Whitehead turned a short pass into a 41-yard touchdown with 4:26 remaining in the third quarter to help the Blue Bombers extend their lead to 28-12. Whyte tacked on three more field goals (31, 37, 33 yards) to pull the Eskimos within a touchdown with 2:02 left in the fourth, and they had a chance to tie the game following a fumble by Andrew Harris, but Chandler Fenner broke up a pass on third down with 16 seconds remaining to preserve the win.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Blue Bombers RB Brady Oliveira, who attended Oak Park High School in Winnipeg, was carted off the field with a leg injury in the second quarter. … Trevor Harris finished without a touchdown pass for the first time in 10 games. … Winnipeg improved to 6-0 when coming off a bye since 2017. … Edmonton RB C.J. Gable gained 82 yards on 17 carries to see his streak of consecutive games with over 100 yards rushing snapped at three.

Top Game Performances
Edmonton   Winnipeg
C.J. Gable Player Nic Demski
17 Attempts 3
82 Yards 49
4.8 Avg Yards 16.3
0 Touchdowns 1
21 Long 35
Edmonton   Winnipeg
Kenny StaffordPlayer Lucky Whitehead
8 Receptions 7
108 Yards 155
13.5 Avg Yards 22.1
0 Touchdowns 2
27 Long 75
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Edmonton 445 100 345 0 7 1 2.0 2
Winnipeg 283 83 200 4 0 0 1.0 0
Upcoming Games
  • Winnipeg will play their next game on the road against Ottawa. The Blue Bombers have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Edmonton will play their next game on the road against BC. The Eskimos have a W/L % of .500 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.