Canadian Football League Playoffs Set To Start!

The Canadian Football League semi-finals are finally set!

 After 20 weeks it all comes down to this. This week’s semifinal games were not decided until the final weekend of the regular season. That is how tight a race it has been. Let’s take a look at the semi-final matchups.

 Billy Parker, Emmanuel Arceneaux


Eastern Semi-Final Nov. 16

BC Lions at Montreal Alouettes

In the Eastern Semi-Final game which features a East Coast vs West Coast, BC will travel nearly 5,000 km east as they begin their journey to become the fourth straight team to play at home in the Grey Cup.

The two teams played each other twice and split the season series. The first game in Week 2 saw the Als win 24-9. The second meeting of the year saw BC return the favor and defeat the Alouettes 41-5.

The winner of this matchup will travel to Tim Hortons Field, where Hamilton will be waiting patiently for their Eastern Final opponent. Since opening their new den, the Tiger-Cats have gone 6-0 and will be looking to make their second straight Grey Cup.


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Western Semi-Final Nov. 16

Saskatchewan Roughriders at Edmonton Eskimos

The Western Semi-Final features the reigning Grey Cup Champs, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who  will travel to Alberta hoping for a two-game stay in the province. After facing off against each other in the final week of the season, in a chippy affair, there will be no love lost when the two teams meet in the Grey Cup Playoffs.

During the season, the teams played against each other three times with the Eskimos taking the series 2-1. They met in Week 14, with Edmonton shutting out the Riders 24-0. In their second meeting Edmonton took it again with a 24-19 win at Mosaic in Regina. Their most recent game in the final week of the season saw the Riders win 24-17.

Calgary will be awaiting the winner of this game as they will play host in the Western Final. They will use the extra week off to heal all their players’ bumps and bruises and for others nursing larger injuries.

Courtesy: Canadian Press

Roger Kelly is an editor and a writer for AFI. A former PR Director the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League for 7 years, he now lives in Sweden writing about and scouting American Football throughout the world.