CALGARY – It was oh so close for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. They fought back against the Calgary Stampeders from a 24-0 deficit to take a one-point lead with under 30 seconds to go… only to lose on the last play of the game.
The scoring opened with Calgary QB Bo Levi Mitchell connecting with wide receiver Kamar Jordan for a five-yard touchdown just under four minutes into the game.
Rene Parades added a field goal for the Stamps with 7:28 to go in the first.
It got worse in the 2nd, with Mitchell and wide receiver Lemar Durant making good on a 14-yard touchdown with 9:14 to go, and the Stamps completed a two-point convert to take an 18-0 lead.
Just under five minutes later, Calgary running back Jerome Messam ran it in for a 15-yard touchdown. The Stamps tried again for a two-point convert, and even got a second shot at it after a penalty was called, but they failed.
The Bombers got on the board courtesy of a 50-yard run from running back Timothy Flanders to trim the lead to 24-7 with 2:38 to go in the half.
Calgary struck back with a 17-yard field goal from Paredes with 1:11 left to take a 27-7 into the half.
The Stampeders drew first blood in the 3rd, with Paredes adding a 47-yard field goal with 10:23 to go to increase the lead to 30-7.
Winnipeg eventually scored its second touchdown with 5:31 to go in the third, QB Matt Nichols connecting with wide receiver Weston Dressler for a 7-yard score, but it was reviewed and waived off for illegal interference on wide receiver Julian Feoli-Gudino.
The Bombers forged ahead though with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Nichols to wide receiver Clarence Denmark with 4:38 to go to cut the score to 30-14.
In the 4th, Matt Nichols ran in a one-yard TD to cut the lead to 30-20, but the two-point convert attempt failed. That was with 13:47 to go in the 4th.
Then 30 seconds later, the Stamps fumbled, Bomber defensive end Shayon Green recovered, passed a lateral to linebacker Khalil Bass who ran it 16 yards for a touchdown. Score now 30-27 for Calgary.
Calgary came close to increasing the lead to 33-27, but Parades’ 35-yard kick clanked off the right upright with 8:59 to go.
However, Paredes did eventually land another field goal, from 37 yards out with 1:48, to increase Calgary’s lead to 33-27.
Winnipeg fought back with Nichols hitting Feoli-Gudino for a five-yard TD with 27 seconds to go to take a 34-33 lead.
But that was enough time for Calgary, who got the ball to midfield, and on the last play of the game, Parades booted a 53-yard field goal to seal it 36-34 for the Stamps.
The teams had a combined 16-game winning streak heading into the game, the first time that’s ever happened in the CFL. Winnipeg’s streak ends at seven to fall to 8-5, Calgary’s improves to 10 to improve to 11-1.
Up next for Winnipeg: The Edmonton Eskimos on Friday September 30th, at 7:30 p.m. at Investors Group Field.