Following an 81-game regular season, the 107th Grey Cup Playoff matchups are now set and will begin on Sunday, November 10 with the Eastern and Western Semi-Finals.
With the East division picture already clear, a Saskatchewan Roughriders win Saturday, combined with a Calgary Stampeders win later the same evening, cemented the brackets in the West. The Riders will now await the winners of Winnipeg and Calgary for a chance to go to the Grey Cup. Meanwhile, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will await the winners of Edmonton and Montreal to try and get to the big game.
The Eastern Semi-Final features West Division crossover team Edmonton Eskimos visiting Percival Molson Stadium to take on the Montreal Alouettes. In the Western Semi-Final the Calgary Stampeders will host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at McMahon Stadium.
EASTERN SEMI-FINAL AT A GLANCE
- Montreal is hosting a home playoff game for the first time since 2014.
- Montreal owns a 26-9 (.743) home playoff record.
- Edmonton is 20-30 (.400) as the road playoff team.
- Edmonton has crossed over to the East Division on three occasions: 2008, 2012 and 2016.
- Edmonton and Montreal have never met in the playoffs.
- Montreal and Edmonton split the season series.
- The two teams last met in the 93rd Grey Cup in Vancouver in 2005 with Edmonton winning 38-35 in OT. They also met in the Grey Cup in 1954-56, 1974-75, 1977-79 and 2002-03.
- Jason Maas is 2-2 as a head coach in the playoffs and was winless across two starts as a player.
- Khari Jones will be making his head coaching debut in the postseason. He was 3-3 as a starter in the playoffs.
WESTERN SEMI-FINAL AT A GLANCE
- The two sides met in the 2018 Western Final with Calgary winning 22-14 at McMahon Stadium.
- This season breaks a string of three consecutive years in which Calgary has hosted the Western Final.
- Calgary last hosted the Western Semi-Final in 2015 and defeated BC by a score of 35-9.
- Calgary is 35-20-0 (.636) as the home team in the playoffs since 1945.
- Since 1936, Winnipeg’s road record in the playoffs is 22-33 (.400).
- Winnipeg claimed the season series 2-1.
o Week 9: WPG 26 – CGY 24 in Winnipeg
o Week 19: CGY 37 – WPG 33 in Calgary
o Week 20: WPG 29 – CGY 28 in Winnipeg
- Mike O’Shea is 1-3 as a head coach in the playoffs.
- Dave Dickenson is 3-0 as a head coach in the playoffs.
- Bo Levi Mitchell has started six playoff games in his career (5-1), Zach Collaros will be making his third career playoff start (1-1).
- Mitchell is 11-3 as a starter against Winnipeg; Collaros is a career 4-4 versus Calgary.
- In three games this year against Winnipeg, Reggie Begelton tallied 12 receptions for 230 yards and three touchdowns.
- Justin Medlock was a perfect 10-for-10 against Calgary this season, including a season-long 55-yard tally.