Argos shock Als 27-20, have homefield advantage in Grey Cup
Anthony Calvillo put the ball where he wanted to in the final seconds, but it bounced off the chest of sure-handed Brian Bratton hope was lost for an overtime shootout.
The Alouettes had lost only 1 game all season they led at halftime; they lost another and their season is over before the 100th Grey Cup.
The Als let Chad Owens scorch them for a long gain to set up a game-tying TD in the 3rd Quarter, then Calvillo threw an interception. That set up Chad Kackert for a long TD run to give the Argos their first lead of the game.
Ray tore up the Als defense going to Chad Owens 11 times for 202 yards passing, though Montreal contained him on kickoff and punt returns.
Rookie Ollie Ogbu recovered a fumble on the first Argos series of his CFL playoff debut, setting up Sean Whyte for a 25-yard FG on their first series. Anthony Calvillo threw behind a wide open SJ Green.
On their next offensive series the Argos turned the ball over again, Jarious Jackson unable to gain a first-down on 3rd-and-1.
Bruising RB Chris Jennings turned that takeaway into the first touchdown of the game, an impressive 18-yard run capped with a spin move to the endzone. For Jennings it was only his 2nd TD all year, and first career playoff TD.
Toronto is without hulking defensive back Pat Watkins, a scratch on gameday, which could allow SJ Green and Jamel Richardson to roam free and easier.
Chip Cox came up with another big play for the Alouettes defense, breaking up a sure touchdown pass at the back of the Montreal endzone.
Marc-Olivier Brouillette is playing inspired defense and stuffed the Argos on yet another 3rd down gamble at the Montreal 1 yard-run, preventing Kackert from getting in.
The Als drew an impressive 50,112 at Olympic Stadium.
The atmosphere in the Big Owe was deflated in the opening seconds of the 4th, when Marc-Olivier Brouillette was injured and had to be carried off on a stretcher.
Rookies Ollie Ogbu and Aaron Lavarias made their CFL postseason debuts for the Als, who made healthy scratches of Bo Bowling and Victor Anderson.
Toronto kicked a 22-yard FG in the final minute of the opening quarter to cut the gap to 7 points. Then early 2nd Q, the Argos kicked a long punt single, with Trent Guy wisely letting the ball roll into the endzone.