Tiger-Cats beat Eskimos 36-16 to advance to Grey Cup

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) — Dane Evans led the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to the Grey Cup game in his first Canadian Football League playoff start, throwing for 386 yards and a touchdown in a 36-16 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos on Sunday in the East Division final.

Hamilton will face Winnipeg next Sunday in Calgary in the Grey Cup. The Blue Bombers beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 20-13 on the road in the West final.

Hamilton, a CFL-best 15-3 in the regular season, advanced to the Grey Cup for the first time since losing the '14 final to Calgary. The Tiger-cats last won the title in 1999, the league's second-longest drought.

Evans was 21 of 36 passing with an interception. He’s 10-2 as Hamilton's starter.

Edmonton had chance to make it interesting when Godfrey Onyeka recovered Luke Tasker's fumble at the Hamilton 36 early in the fourth quarter. But the Eskimos had to settle for Sean Whyte's 30-yard field goal that cut it to 28-13.

David Watford cemented the Hamilton win with a 2-yard touchdown run.

Hamilton's Bralon Addison had seven catches for 130 yards and Brandon Banks added four receptions for 100 yards and a TD.

Edmonton’s Trevor Harris was 29 of 41 for 319 yards with a TD and two interceptions.

 

Blue Bombers beat Roughriders to advance to Grey Cup

REGINA, Saskatchewan (AP) — Zach Collaros threw for 267 yards and a touchdown, Justin Medlock kicked four field goals and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers advanced to the Grey Cup with a 20-3 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday in the Canadian Football League’s West Division final.

The Blue Bombers will face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats next week in Calgary. The Tiger-Cats beat the Edmonton Eskimos 36-16 at home earlier Sunday in the East final.

Winnipeg last played in a Grey Cup in 2011 when the Bombers fell 34-23 to the host B.C. Lions. The Blue Bombers haven't won the championship since 1990.

Collaros completed 17 of 25 passes, connecting with Kenny Lawler on a 26-yard scoring strike.

Saskatchewan's Brett Lauther made four field goals.