Hamilton 36, Edmonton 16
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, November 17, 2019
Where: Tim Hortons Field, Hamilton, Ontario
Tiger-Cats 36, Eskimos 16: Dane Evans threw for 386 yards and a touchdown as host Hamilton cruised past Edmonton to punch its ticket to its first Grey Cup since 2014.
Evans completed 21-of-36 passes in his first postseason start while short-yardage quarterback David Watford rushed for a pair of touchdowns for the Tiger-Cats (16-3), who will face Winnipeg in the 107th edition of the Grey Cup in Calgary next Sunday. Bralon Addison hauled in seven passes for 130 yards while Brandon Banks added four catches for 100 yards and a touchdown to lead Hamilton, which improved to 10-0 at home this season.
Trevor Harris was 29-of-41 for 319 yards and a touchdown, but threw two interceptions for the Eskimos (9-11), who have dropped three games to Hamilton this year by a combined 108-55. DaVaris Daniels caught seven passes for 109 yards and a touchdown while Greg Ellingson gained 73 more on seven receptions for Edmonton.
Watford rushed for a 2-yard touchdown and Lirim Hajrullahu kicked field goals from 48 and 19 yards to help put Hamilton on top 13-0 before Harris threw a 21-yard scoring strike to Daniels to close the gap to six. Banks hauled in a 47-yard touchdown pass to restore the Tiger-Cats' 13-point cushion before Sean Whyte connected on a pair of field goals (49 and 17 yards) to pull the Eskimos within seven, but Hajrullahu made no mistake from 41 yards on the last play of the second quarter to give Hamilton a 23-13 lead at intermission.
Edmonton conceded a safety and Hajrullahu was good from 34 yards on the ensuing possession to stretch the Tiger-Cats' advantage to 15 heading into the fourth quarter. Watford scored on a 2-yard quarterback keeper to give Hamilton its biggest lead and they sacked Harris on back-to-back plays to create a turnover on downs with less than two minutes left to put an exclamation point on an impressive display.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Banks, who led the CFL in receptions (112), receiving yards (1,550) and receiving touchdowns (13) in the regular season, registered his first 100-yard receiving game in the playoffs. … Hamilton DB Frankie Williams registered a team-high eight tackles and a fumble recovery. … Edmonton RB C.J. Gable added 55 yards on 15 carries to give him 456 yards and six touchdowns in nine career playoff games.
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Hamilton will play their next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Tiger-Cats have a W/L % of .786 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.