B.C. Lions, Toronto Argonauts can clinch CFL postseason berths in Week 16

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The B.C. Lions are one win away from clinching a berth in the CFL postseason, while the Toronto Argonauts are close to punching their ticket as well.

The Lions improved to 9-3 with a 31-29 overtime victory at McMahon Stadium this past weekend, which secured the season series against Calgary. They will host the Stampeders for a third and final regular season meeting on Saturday and a win would allow them to officially secure a playoff berth for the first time since 2018.

B.C. can also clinch a playoff berth with a loss against the Stamps provided that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Redblacks lose to the Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts, respectively. Calgary (8-5) would also clinch a berth in the postseason should this scenario unfold.

The Lions have missed the playoffs in three of the last four seasons, including last year when the club went 5-9 during a shortened campaign. The team qualified for the crossover spot in 2018 after finishing fourth in the West Division at 9-9 but lost to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the East Semi-Final by a score of 48-8.

B.C. has gone 1-6 in the postseason since winning the Grey Cup at home in 2011 with the lone victory coming over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the West Semi-Final in 2016.

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The Argos are currently 7-5 coming off their third and final bye week of the year. Toronto will visit the Redblacks on Saturday having defeated them by a score of 24-19 just two weeks ago. They will clinch a berth in the postseason if they win this week and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats lose to the Montreal Alouettes.

The club has made the postseason only five times since 2012, though they converted two of those berths into Grey Cup titles (2012, 2017). Toronto missed the postseason in 2018 and 2019, finishing the regular season 4-14 in both years.

The Argos made the playoffs in 2021 after finishing first in the East Division with a 9-5 record, though they lost the East Final to the visiting Hamilton Tiger-Cats by a score of 27-19.

Editor’s note: this article originally indicated that Toronto would clinch a postseason berth with a win this week, as per the CFL’s official release. The CFL subsequently reissued a press release indicating that Hamilton must also lose this week for Toronto to clinch a postseason berth.