Saturday night’s Week 2 matchup between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Calgary Stampeders at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton was a tale of two very different halves of football, plus overtime. The game began with an exciting surge by the home team. But in the 2nd half, the Calgary Stampeders surged back to tie the game at the end of the 4th quarter. The game went to overtime which saw the Stampeders successfully kick a field goal, and the Tiger-Cats end the game throwing an overtime interception.
The Tiger-Cats jumped out to a 17-point lead in the 1st quarter. In the 2nd quarter, the Tiger-Cats scored a touchdown to extend their lead to 24-0 before surrendering a 28-yard field goal to the Stampeders just before halftime. In the 3rd quarter, the tables were turned by the Stampeders scoring a touchdown and holding the Tiger-Cats scoreless.
The Tiger-Cats and Stampeders traded field goals early in the 4th quarter bringing the score to 27-13 with the Tiger-Cats in the lead. Soon, quarterback, Bo Levi Mitchell threw a touchdown pass that pulled the Stampeders to within 7 points of the Tiger-Cats. In the next series, the Tiger-Cats attempted a quarterback sneak on 3rd and 1. This sneak attempt was fumbled by Dane Evans and the Stampeders returned that fumble for a defensive touchdown.
After a Rene Paredes extra point, the score was tied 27-27. The Tiger-Cats went on a successful scoring drive that ended with a 39-yard field goal by Michael Domagala into the wind. But the next drive the Stampeders were able to respond with their own 39-yard field goal as time expired. At the end of 4 quarters, the score was tied 30-30.
The Tiger-Cats elected to start on defence in the overtime session. The Stampeders offence was forced to kick a 35-yard field goal that was made by Stampeders kick Rene Paredes. On the next offensive drive the Tiger-Cats picked up a first down, but then 2 plays later ended the overtime session an interception being thrown by Hamilton Tiger-Cats ending the overtime.
The Stampeders were able to secure the 33-30 win in overtime improving their record to 2-0, and the Tiger-Cats fell to 0-2. The Stampeders will be facing the Edmonton Elks next Saturday night, and the Tiger-Cats will be traveling to play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers next Friday night.
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