While there is certainly lots to discuss and complain about, I can’t believe that I can’t find, an hour or more post game, anywhere in any of today’s threads, anybody questioning what went on the final minute of this first game in a two-game total-point series to decide first place.
0:53 left in the game - Cats try (???) on 3rd & 9 from their own 12, heading into a strong wind - Mathews throws another off target incompletion and only a Roughing the Passer call saves a 4th Hamilton turnover and steals Ottawa’s chance to start 1st & 10 at the Hamilton 12. That got us a 1st down, but that play may have cost us our current starting QB.
Then, if that wasn’t crazy enough, they do it again (???), trying on 3rd & 4 from their own 31 yd. line, with 19 sec. left. That time, even with a cold, off the bench QB, they succeeded and saved giving Ottawa another decent chance at heading with home with a two-TD lead in the series.
The thinking should have been just what it would be with seconds left in the first half of a single game – It’s unlikely we can score, so keep them from scoring and get in the room, without losing by more.
It appeared that the Hamilton coach’s thinking was what it would be in a single game scenario final minute of the 4th Quarter.
The Cats a very fortunate to be heading to Ottawa down only 6 with 60 minutes to go.