While we are entering into the last month of the National Football League’s regular season, the Canadian Football League (CFL) crowned their most unlikely champion as the Ottawa Redblacks upset the Calgary Stampeders, 39-33 in overtime to claim the 104th Grey Cup in Toronto.
The Stampeders had dominated the CFL the entire season finishing with a 15-2-1 regular season record and easily dispatched of the British Columbia Lions 42-15 in the playoffs.
The Ottawa Redblacks were playing in just their third season since bringing at team back to Ottawa. The Redblacks ended a 40-year championship drought for the City of Ottawa that involved three different CFL franchises. They also became the fourth-fastest expansion team to win a championship.
The Redblacks finished the regular season with an 8-9-1 record which was good enough to win the Eastern Division title.
In the Grey Cup, the Redblacks jumped out to a surprising 27-7 lead and held a 33-23 lead with six minutes left in the game. With under two minutes left to play, Stampeders’ wide receiver DaVaris Daniels scored a touchdown to close the lead to 33-30. The Stampeders recovered the onside kick and drove to the two-yard line but had to kick a game-tying field goal as time expired to force overtime.
In the overtime, the Redblacks were on offense first and scored on a 18-yard pass from Henry Burris to Ernest Jackson. Ottawa failed to convert on the two-point conversion but the Stampeders were unable to respond with a touchdown and an incomplete pass on fourth down sealed the win for the Redblacks.
Burris was named the Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Player. He completed 35-of-46 for 461 yards and three touchdowns. Burris became the oldest quarterback to lead his team to a Grey Cup win at 41 years old.