Home playoff game secured by the Riders

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Photo courtesy: Scott Grant/CFLPhotoArchive.com

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have secured a home playoff game by beating the Edmonton Eskimos.

In the first season of a new regime with Craig Dickenson as head coach and Jeremy O’Day as general manager, the Riders will play a home game at Mosaic Stadium. What’s still to be determined is whether it will be the West Semi-Final or West Final.

If the Riders win against Edmonton at home in the rematch of their Week 20 matchup, the green and white will be one game away from the Grey Cup. The other way Saskatchewan could be in the West Final would be a Calgary loss to B.C. in Week 21.

By virtue of winning the season series with Winnipeg, Saskatchewan ensures the Bombers can’t catch them in the standings. Winnipeg finished the season 11-7 and the Riders are 12-5, plus Saskatchewan owns the tiebreaker between the rival teams.

Chris Jones brought a home playoff game to Regina in 2018, but the Riders lost to their Manitoba rivals in the West Semi-Final.

Five years past between home post-season dates for the Riders. Saskatchewan hosted the West Semi-Final in 2013 on the way to a Grey Cup victory on home soil. The last time the Riders took the West Division regular season title and hosted the West Final was 2009. Saskatchewan beat Calgary but lost to Montreal in the Grey Cup.