Riders’ Cody Fajardo has been told never ‘apologize’ for an ugly offensive win, especially when it clinches a playoff spot

Due to the delay in start time, the Roughriders knew they could clinch a playoff spot with a win in Montreal and it gave them more juice to do so.

The men in green and white watched the B.C. Lions lose in overtime to the Toronto Argonauts on the jumbotron at Percival Molson Stadium in Week 13. Saskatchewan’s beloved football team was extra motivated after the result.

“An ugly win offensively, but I’ve always been told my entire life not to apologize for victories, especially when you clinch the playoffs,” Fajardo said.

“I talked to the team coming out of the bye week how I was looking at it as a five-game season. All we wanted to do was clinch and we did it, which was really important.”

The Riders clinched a post-season spot for the fourth straight season with a 19-14 win over the Alouettes. Despite the offence producing less total yards — 243 to 351 — than Montreal, the defence forced four turnovers, three on downs to help close out the road victory.

“Defences win championships in this league, offences just have to find a way to score more points than the other team,” Fajardo said.

“You never want to get in an instance where the offence is getting screamed at by the defence and you have fingers pointing, but every defensive guy came up to me, said they trust me and they’re going to do everything they can to get the ball back.”

The only touchdown drive Fajardo led came after Loucheiz Purifoy intercepted Matt Shiltz late in the second quarter. Fajardo completed passes to Kyran Moore, Kian Schaffer-Baker and Shaq Evans while mixing in runs from William Powell and Kienan LaFrance. The dual-threat QB capped it with a three-yard rushing major.

“All we need is a chance, I keep telling the guys that. Now we want to play for a higher seed, it’s nice to know that we control our own destiny,” Fajardo said.

“If we can continue to win football games then we got a chance to host a semi-final game and we know how are crowd responds with playoff games — hopefully make it a tough atmosphere for whichever team.”

Regardless of what happens in the last four weeks of the regular season, Fajardo will be in a position to try for his first career playoff win and the Riders would want it to be a home game at Mosaic Stadium for the advantage and payoff — it’s estimated to be worth $1 million to the franchise.

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