Riders clinch playoff berth for second straight season

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have secured their spot in the 2018 post-season.

Even if Saskatchewan loses the rest of the remaining games, the Riders can’t finish any worse than fourth place, which would make them the crossover team. It’s the second straight season the Riders have made the CFL’s sudden death knockout round. Chris Jones first year as head coach and general manager the team finished 5-13 and failed to make the post-season.

The Riders missed the playoffs in back-to-back years 2015 and 2016. Prior to that, Saskatchewan made the post-season in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 2013 is the year the green and white last hosted a home playoff game and upset Calgary at McMahon Stadium on the way to winning the Grey Cup on home turf.

Saskatchewan sits two wins and four points back of Calgary for top spot in the West Division. The seasons series is tied at one apiece with each team winning once in Regina, the Stamps 34-22 in Week 7 and the Riders 40-27 in Week 10.  Calgary hosts Saskatchewan in Week 19 a game the Riders must-win if division title hopes are to stay alive.

Beating Winnipeg combined with a B.C. loss in Week 17 would clinch a home playoff game for Saskatchewan.

Either way, Saskatchewan has a ticket to the Grey Cup playoffs.

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