East and West Finals match ups set

Following the Edmonton Eskimos’ 37-29 victory over the Montreal Alouettes and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ 35-14 win against the Calgary Stampeders, the East and West Division Finals are set.

Edmonton travels to Tim Hortons Field to take on the patiently-waiting Hamilton Tiger-Cats before the Blue Bombers take the field at Mosaic Stadium for a matchup against the Roughriders. On the line: divisional crowns and a date in Calgary for the Grey Cup.

All-time playoff records of the teams remaining in the playoffs:

  • Edmonton – 1938-39, 1949-2019: 60-46 (.566)
  • Hamilton – 1950-2018: 43-47-1 (.478)
  • Winnipeg – 1936-2019: 63-52-2 (.548)
  • Saskatchewan – 1936-2018: 43-51-2 (.458)

Eastern Final 

Edmonton Eskimos at Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Tim Hortons Field
Sunday, November 17 at 1 p.m. ET

At a glance:

  • Hamilton is hosting the Eastern Final for the first time since 2014.
  • The Tiger-Cats will be appearing in the Eastern Final for the fifth time in seven seasons.
  • Hamilton has a 28-17 (.622) home record in the playoffs.
  • Home teams in the Eastern Final are 32-13 (.711) since 1973.
  • Edmonton is 21-30 (.412) as the road playoff team.
  • Hamilton claimed the season series 2-0:
    • Week 15: HAM 30 – EDM 27 in Edmonton
    • Week 17: HAM 42 – EDM 12 in Hamilton
  • In their lone playoff matchup, Edmonton crossed over and defeated Hamilton in the 2016 Eastern Semi-Final. The Eskimos went on to fall 35-23 to the Ottawa Redblacks 35-23 in the Eastern Final.
  • Orlondo Steinauer will be making his head coaching debut in the post-season.
  • Jason Maas is 3-2 as a head coach in the playoffs.
  • Hamilton’s Dane Evans will be making his first-career start in the playoffs, while Edmonton’s Trevor Harris will start in his fourth playoff game (2-1).
  • Evans is 2-0 against Edmonton in his career; Harris holds a 5-4 mark against the Tiger-Cats.
  • In two games this season against Edmonton, Bralon Addison tallied nine receptions for 179 yards and one touchdown and Brandon Banks caught 13 passes for 153 yards and two majors.
  • Edmonton’s Vontae Diggs recorded 15 tackles this season against Hamilton. Larry Dean and Forrest Hightower also recorded 10-plus tackles against the Tiger-Cats in 2019.
  • Edmonton is the fifth crossover team to move on to the Division Final. At 3-1, the Eskimos are the only team with a winning record as a crossover.
  • Since the crossover rule was implemented in 1996, the team crossing over has never advanced to the Grey Cup.
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Western Final 

Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Saskatchewan Roughriders
Mosaic Stadium
Sunday, November 17 at 4:30 p.m. ET

At a glance:

  • Saskatchewan is hosting the Western Final for the first time since 2009. The team last appeared in a Division Final in 2017, taking on Toronto for the East crown as a crossover team.
  • The Roughriders have not played for the West Division crown since they won the Grey Cup in 2013.
  • Saskatchewan owns a 23-17-1 (.573) home record in the playoffs.
  • Home teams in the Western Final are 27-19 (.587) since 1973.
  • Winnipeg is 23-33 (.411) as the road playoff team
  • Saskatchewan won the season series 2-1.
    • Week 12: SSK 19 – WPG 17 in the Labour Day Classic
    • Week 13: WPG 35 – SSK 10 in the Banjo Bowl
    • Week 17: SSK 21 – WPG 6 in Saskatchewan
  • They have met in the West Final 3 times: 1972, 1966 and 1941. In a total of 14 previous playoff games, each team has won seven times.
  • Winnipeg has not beaten the Roughriders in the West Final since 1941. Most of Winnipeg’s seasons have been in the West-North division for 60 seasons and 21 in the East Division.
  • This will be Craig Dickenson’s first playoff game as a head coach; Mike O’Shea will be in his sixth playoff game (2-3).
  • Should Cody Fajardo start, he would do so for the first time in the playoffs; Zach Collaros will be starting in his fourth career playoff contest (2-1).
  • Fajardo is 2-1 against Winnipeg, including two 300-plus passing yards games. However, in those games Fajardo was sacked 13 times. Zach Collaros is 4-3 against Saskatchewan.