- Montreal Alouettes’ defense forced eight turnovers.
- Alouettes’ QB Cody Fajardo: 18/25, 175 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT.
- Argonauts’ QB Chad Kelly: 21/36, 246 yards, 1 TD, 4 INTs.
The Montreal Alouettes delivered a commanding 38-17 victory over the Toronto Argonauts, powered by a formidable defensive performance at BMO Field. This triumph propels Montreal to the 110th Grey Cup, marking their seventh consecutive win, including their Eastern Semi-Final triumph against Hamilton.
Montreal’s defense was the highlight, forcing an astonishing eight turnovers, including four interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), three turnovers on downs, and a fumble recovery. QB Cody Fajardo’s efficient play, completing 18 of 25 passes for 175 yards with one touchdown and one interception, complemented the defensive prowess. Key scoring plays included Fajardo’s touchdown pass, James Letcher Jr.’s kickoff return touchdown, and Jeshrun Antwi’s rushing touchdown.
Toronto Argonauts, despite a robust start, struggled with turnovers. Chad Kelly, connecting on 21 of 36 passes for 246 yards, threw four interceptions and scored one touchdown. Backup QB Cameron Dukes added a short-yardage touchdown, and DaVaris Daniels caught a touchdown pass, but it wasn’t enough to counter Montreal’s defensive dominance.
Montreal Alouettes Breakdown
- Offense: QB Cody Fajardo led the offense efficiently, particularly targeting Jeshrun Antwi and Tyler Snead in crucial moments. RB William Stanback and Jeshrun Antwi contributed to a balanced ground game.
- Defense: The defense was the game-changer, with standout performances from Marc-Antoine Dequoy, Reggie Stubblefield, and others who created turnovers and scored two defensive touchdowns.
Toronto Argonauts Breakdown
- Offense: QB Chad Kelly had moments of brilliance but was plagued by interceptions. AJ Ouellette and Andrew Harris made notable contributions in the running game, while DaVaris Daniels was a key target in the passing attack.
- Defense: Despite the loss, the defense, led by Shawn Oakman and Folarin Orimolade, applied pressure with multiple sacks and forced turnovers, briefly keeping Toronto in the game.
Montreal’s victory, anchored by an aggressive defense and efficient offense, sets the stage for their Grey Cup appearance. While Toronto showed resilience, turnovers and Montreal’s defensive scoring were too much to overcome. As the CFL standings evolve, Montreal’s continued success keeps them as a team to watch. This game, rich in CFL scores and pivotal plays, exemplifies the unpredictable and exciting nature of Canadian football.
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