What an incredible way for a team to win the Eastern Final. Wow!
With only about a minute and a half left in a tie ball game Ottawa was in a deep hole. Though the game was tied they took a 15 yard penalty pushing them back to their own 17. With 2nd and 25 Burris took a snap that almost goes over his head. That would have been game over even if Ottawa recovered. It Ottawa could not convert they would have to kick into a strong wind and with the way Hamilton's PK Medlock has been kicking I think most fans were expecting another last play winning FG by Medlock.
Converting 2nd and 10 is tough enough. Converting 2nd and 25 against a tenacious Ti-Cat defence is entirely another story.
BUT that is exactly how it went down!
The Ottawa fans and Redblacks were not to be denied. Seasoned veteran Burris took a terrible snap, bobbled it but threw a trademark Burris pass that was caught. That would have kept things alive for the Redblacks. Few expected the receiver to shake off two attempted tackles and run the ball in for a game winning TD! And no flags! The Redblacks almost played flawless football as did Hamilton.
It's great to see Ottawa in the Grey Cup this year.
Hamilton's QB Masoli needs to receive honourable mention for a guy who played in only his 4th start. He made some fantastic plays. In fact the entire Hamilton team needs to hold its head up high. Neither team ran away with it. Neither team played undisciplined football. Both teams made sensational plays. Either team was worthy to advance to the Grey Cup.
Burris was almost intercepted before making the game breaker pass at the end of the game. The interception was so close I'm sure the guy who had it in his mitts will lose a couple of nights sleep as he replays the play over and over in his mind. But that is the way it goes sometimes. No shame in dropping the ball, only some frustration.
Ottawa dug deep into the hat and lo and behold the team managed to find a rabbit that could not only jump high into the air and catch a football but could run like a jack rabbit!
Congratulations to both teams for playing such a clean well played and entertaining game! This was indeed one of the best CFL games I have watched!