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Argos Clinch Playoff Berth In A Bizarre Overtime Victory Over The Lions

The Argos are headed back to the playoffs for the first time since 2017. But to get there, they had to sweat out a bizarre 31-29 overtime victory at home over the BC Lions.

And by virtue of the Alouettes (6-5) loss to Saskatchewan on Saturday night. The Boatmen(7-4) are back in first place by themselves.

The Argos liked clinching the playoffs so much that they had to do it twice in the same game. Thanks to a questionable mishandling of the clock by Toronto at what appeared to be the end of the game in the fourth quarter. Which after the game, Argonauts’ head coach Ryan Dinwiddie told the media that he apologized to his team for his faux pas.

After a blocked field goal, Toronto was lined up in the victory formation with 44 seconds left, up by one, 23-22. But after two questionable kneel-downs failed to run out the game clock. BC used their one timeout and managed to get the ball back into field goal range with a chance to win the game. The Lions would miss the field goal but score a rouge tying the game at 23, forcing overtime.

In the extra session, the Argos, thanks to a pass interference by BC in the end zone, would score eight points on a QB sneak by Antonio Pipkin and a two-point conversion to fullback Dion Pellerin.

Down 31-23, BC would respond on their opportunity in overtime with a quick td score when Michael Reilly connected with Jacob Scarfone on a 32-yard catch and run. Reilly’s two-point conversion would fall incomplete in the left corner of the end zone to preserve a 31-29 Toronto victory and a playoff berth that almost slipped through the Argos fingers.

The game had a bizarre feel to it from the outset. As on the Argos’ first field goal attempt of the game, Boris Bede lined up without a holder. The first omen that this contest would be abnormal. None of that bothered Bede, as he would go on to connect on all five of his field goals, two of them from 50 plus yards.

Toronto raced out to a 10-0 lead at rainy BMO Field before BC would take to the air and score two touchdowns to go ahead 14-10. Argos kicker Boris Bede would help his team retake the lead 20-14 by scoring the team’s next 10 points on three field goals and a punt single.

But an Obum Gwacham pass deflection and interception for a score in the third quarter would put the Lions back up 21-20. Boris Bede would once again help his team retake the lead 23-21 late in the fourth quarter.

That’s when the spookiness of this game would ensue, a day before Halloween. Lions kicker Jimmy Camacho would miss three straight potential go-ahead field goals in the 4th quarter, but his misfires would net BC two singles to force overtime. Camacho’s last miss at the final gun went out of the end zone for a game-tying rouge.

BC’s loss drops their record to 4-7. The Lions have very slim playoff hopes. They will be at the 6-5 Tiger-Cats in Hamilton next Friday.

Toronto’s triumph in overtime keeps them undefeated at home (5-0) and puts them at 7-4, alone in first place in the East. They have clinched a playoff berth, but the Argos have a chance to win their division and earn a bye in their next three games. The Argos will be at the Redblacks next Saturday. Then return home for their final two games of the regular season against Hamilton and Edmonton.



Argos-Lions Boxscore

PASSING

PLAYERCP/AT%YDSTDINTLG
 REILLY, Michael20/3852.6%2903153

RUSHING

PLAYERCARYDSAVGLGTD
 BUTLER, James10696.9290
 REILLY, Michael451.230

RECEIVING

PLAYERRECATTYDSYACAVGLGTD
 BURNHAM, Bryan55961819.2321
 RHYMES, Dominique61168711.3251
 JOHNSON, Shaquille3758319.3530
 SCARFONE, Jacob14322532.0321
 WHITEHEAD, Lucky2620110.0130
 BUTLER, James3516145.3120

FIELD GOALS

PLAYERFGAFGLGSYDSFG MISS
 CAMACHO, Jimmy3002037, 50, 37

PUNT RETURNS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGTD
 RAINEY, Chris6437.2130

KICKOFF RETURNS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGTD
 RAINEY, Chris24020.0220

FG MISSED RETURNS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGTD

PUNTING

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGSNETAVG
 FLINTOFT, Stefan839449.258031038.8

KICKOFFS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGS
 FLINTOFT, Stefan424561.2660

DEFENCE

PLAYERDTSTQSINTFRFF
 LOKOMBO, Bo912000
 LEE, TJ900000
 WILLIAMS, Jordan500000
 BONNER, Tim500000
 PETERS, Garry310000
 JOHNSON, Hakeem300000
 SAYLES, Marcus300000
 GWACHUM, Obum200100
 BANKS, Joshua200000
 CIOFFI, Anthony200000
 JOYNER, Austin200000
 BAZZIE, Alex230000
 TAVAI, JR100000
 BUTLER, James100000
 EDWARDS-COOPER, Jalon100000
 GUSTAV, Niklas010000
 FLINTOFT, Stefan010000
 KONAR, Adam040000

PASSING

PLAYERCP/AT%YDSTDINTLG
 BETHEL-THOMPSON, Mcleod23/3762.2%1551121
 PIPKIN, Antonio1/1100.0%130013

RUSHING

PLAYERCARYDSAVGLGTD
 FOSTER, DJ9657.2180
 WHITE, John11393.570
 BETHEL-THOMPSON, Mcleod3155.090
 PIPKIN, Antonio331.011

RECEIVING

PLAYERRECATTYDSYACAVGLGTD
 DANIELS, DaVaris6751128.5211
 GITTENS JR., Kurleigh5644138.8130
 FOSTER, DJ3426258.7120
 ANDERSON, Dres2620210.0110
 PELLERIN, Dion221125.580
 WORTHY, Chandler1110510.0100
 BETHEL-THOMPSON, Mcleod11777.070
 WHITE, John0200000
 NIELD, Tommy0100000
 COLLINS JR, Ricky48-1-7-0.260

FIELD GOALS

PLAYERFGAFGLGSYDSFG MISS
 BEDE, Boris55520168

PUNT RETURNS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGTD
 WORTHY, Chandler88410.5300

KICKOFF RETURNS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGTD
 WORTHY, Chandler410626.5360

FG MISSED RETURNS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGTD
 EDWARDS, Chris11111.0110

PUNTING

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGSNETAVG
 BEDE, Boris836846.052129036.2

KICKOFFS

PLAYERNOYDSAVGLGS
 BEDE, Boris214974.5760

DEFENCE

PLAYERDTSTQSINTFRFF
 ACHEAMPONG, Samuel401000
 EDWARDS, Chris400000
 MCCOIL SR, Dexter320000
 RICHARDSON, Shaquille300000
 RICHARDS, Jeff310100
 MUAMBA, Henoc300000
 TURNER, Junior201000
 TUGGLE, Justin200000
 HUGHES, Charleston100000
 LAW, Cordarro100000
 COLLINS, Jalen100001
 SMITH, Robbie100000
 DECOUD, Treston100000
 BOATENG, Matthew010000
 SANKOH, Tigie030000
 CASSAR, Jack010000

BC Lions @ Toronto Argonauts Week 13 Highlights

Box Score

BC

Player Position Pass. CMP Pass. ATT Pass. YDS Pass. TD Pass. INT Rush. ATT Rush. YDS Rush. TD Rec. Rec. Targets Rec. YDS Rec. TD
Michael ReillyQuarterback2038290314500000
James ButlerRunning back00000106900000
Bryan BurnhamWide receiver0000000055961
Dominique RhymesWide receiver00000000611681
Shaq JohnsonWide receiver0000000037580
Jacob ScarfoneWide receiver0000000014321
Lucky WhiteheadWide receiver0000000026200
Total 2038290311474017332743

TOR

Player Position Pass. CMP Pass. ATT Pass. YDS Pass. TD Pass. INT Rush. ATT Rush. YDS Rush. TD Rec. Rec. Targets Rec. YDS Rec. TD
Mcleod Bethel-ThompsonQuarterback23371551131501170
Antonio PipkinQuarterback1113002210000
D.J. FosterRunning back00000965034260
John White IVRunning back00000113900200
DaVaris DanielsWide receiver0000000067511
Kurleigh Gittens Jr.Wide receiver0000000056440
Dres AndersonWide receiver0000000026200
Chandler WorthyWide receiver0000000011100
Tommy NieldWide receiver000000000100
Dion PellerinRunning back0000000022110
Ricky Collins Jr.Wide receiver0000000048-10
Total 24381681125121124381681

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