What a difference a day makes

Posted By: Chantal Desjardins · 11/19/2012 7:23:00 PM

A lot can happen in 24 hours. Yesterday, the Alouettes were one win away from heading to the Grey Cup.  Today, they're cleaning out their lockers and heading home.  The Als fell 27-20 to the Toronto Argonauts at the big O in the east final, and safety Kyries Hebert says it's tough to think about what could have been.

“It’s very disheartening to know that this team won’t be back together. I think that’s the hardest part of it all knowing that this is the last time that we’ll have this group of guys together and that this was our shot and that we didn’t take advantage of our opportunity”

There were a few key plays that could have made the difference in the game, but none more prominent than the last play of the game.  On third down, with time winding down, quarterback Anthony Calvillo threw a long bomb into the end zone right to receiver Brian Bratton, who was wide open. Had he caught it, it would have  allowed them to tie things up.

Instead, the ball bounced off his chest and onto the ground. And just like that, the game was over. While Bratton says he feels like he let his teammates down, fellow receiver Jamel Richardson says the blame can’t be placed solely on Bratton’s shoulders.

“Football doesn’t come down to one play. At the end of the day, he should use this as motivation. Use this as building block for him and him coming in next year and killing this league. He should play with a chip on his shoulder, but he shouldn’t shoulder this loss. This was a total team loss. Period.”

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