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95th Grey Cup
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1234 Total
Saskatchewan Roughriders 01067 23
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 3475 19
Date November 25, 2007
Stadium Rogers Centre
Location Toronto
Most Valuable Player James Johnson
Most Valuable Canadian Andy Fantuz
National anthem Barenaked Ladies
Coin toss Lieutenant-Governor David Onley
Referee Glen Johnson
Halftime show Lenny Kravitz
Attendance 52,230
Broadcasters
Network CBC, RDS, CBCHD
Announcers (CBC) Mark Lee, Chris Walby, Elliotte Friedman, Sean Millington, Greg Frers, Steve Armitage and Khari Jones
Ratings 3,539,000 in Canada
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The Roughriders celebrate their victory

The 95th Grey Cup was held in Toronto at the Rogers Centre on November 25, 2007. The Grey Cup, first awarded in 1909, is the championship game of the Canadian Football League. It was played between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, with the Roughriders winning 23-19. It was the first Grey Cup meeting between the two teams, and was also the first time any Labour Day Classic matchup has been played in the Grey Cup.

The 95th Grey Cup was the 46th Grey Cup hosted by Toronto since the championship's inception in 1909 and the first it has hosted since 1992. SkyDome/Rogers Centre previously hosted the 77th Grey Cup in 1989 and the 80th Grey Cup in 1992. The game was announced as a sellout on November 19, 2007.[1] Ticket prices ranged from $94 to $560[2]

The game was viewed by approximately 3.337 million viewers on CBC television, up from 3.202 million the previous year.[3]

Grey Cup FestivitiesEdit

The Grey Cup festivities began with a four-day festival that had over 50 events at several venues in downtown Toronto including the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and the CN Tower. The festival area was bounded by Spadina Avenue east to Bay Street and from Nathan Phillips Square south to Lake Ontario.

On the weekend of the Grey Cup, there was a "Celebration of Football" with games hosted at the Rogers Centre at amateur, high school, and university level, including the 43rd Vanier Cup, the CIS football championship. The Vanier Cup game was held on November 23, 2007 at Rogers Centre with the Manitoba Bisons versus the Saint Mary's Huskies. This marked the first time the Vanier Cup has been held in conjunction with the Grey Cup.

Confirmed festival events[4] include:

Game summaryEdit

Saskatchewan Roughriders (23) - TDs, James Johnson, Andy Fantuz; FGs Luca Congi (3); cons., Congi (2).

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (19) - TDs, Derick Armstrong; FGs Troy Westwood (2); cons., Westwood; safety touch (3).

First Quarter
WPG -- FG Westwood 16-yard field goal 12:37
Second Quarter
WPG -- Safety Boreham concedes in end zone 3:18
WPG -- Safety Boreham concedes in end zone 7:07
SSK -- TD Johnson 30-yard interception return (Congi convert) 12:26
SSK -- FG Congi 45-yard field goal 15:00
Third Quarter
SSK -- FG Congi 17-yard field goal 1:51
WPG -- TD Armstrong 50-yard pass by Dinwiddie (Westwood convert) 4:03
SSK -- FG Congi 12-yard field goal 11:11
Fourth Quarter
SSK -- TD Fantuz 29-yard pass by Joseph (Congi convert) 3:30
WPG -- Safety Boreham concedes in end zone 6:29
WPG -- FG Westwood 42-yard field goal 11:13

Defensive back James Johnson set a Grey Cup record with three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, as the Saskatchewan Roughriders won their first championship in 18 years on Sunday defeating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 23-19 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The Roughriders last won a championship in 1989, when current coach Kent Austin was the starting quarterback.

In the first quarter, Winnipeg's Troy Westwood scored the game's first points with a 16-yard field goal. In the second quarter Saskatchewan would concede a pair of safeties for a 7-0 Winnipeg lead before Johnson's first interception of the game, which resulted in a Roughrider touchdown and a 7-7 tie. A last second quarter drive before Lenny Kravitz entertained the crowd at halftime was capped by a 45-yard Congi field goal to give the Riders a 10-7 lead into halftime.

The game turned in the early moments of the second half. The Roughriders had a chance to take the game by the throat when John Chick sacked Ryan Dinwiddie for a fumble recovery on the Riders' 10, but the defence held to force a 17-yard field goal for a 13-7 Rider lead.

On the next possession, Dinwiddie hit Derick Armstrong with a 50-yard touchdown pass. The excitable novice quarterback jumped in the air and then taunted by pointing at the Saskatchewan bench. But on Winnipeg's next possession, Johnson picked off a Dinwiddie pass for his second interception of the game and the Riders marched the ball to the Winnipeg 11.

Then came a key play.

Saskatchewan quarterback, Kerry Joseph looked to be stopped on a third-and-one plunge, but a review re-spotted the ball for a first down. When Bombers coach Doug Berry tried to challenge, he was slapped with a five-yard delay of game penalty. But the Bomber defence came up big again, holding the Riders to a 12-yard field goal and a 16-14 lead at 11:11 of the third quarter.

However, in the fourth quarter, Joseph found Andy Fantuz up the middle and the big slotback broke three tackles as he plowed into the end zone for a nine-point Riders lead, but a third safety of the game and a 42-yard Westwood field goal cut the lead to four points with 3:37 left to play.

But a final Winnipeg drive ended in Johnson's third pick of the game to seal the game and the franchises third Grey Cup championship

GalleryEdit

2007 CFL playoffsEdit

Division Semi-finalsEdit

November 11

East Semi-FinalEdit

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Montreal Alouettes 0 16 3 3 22
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7 3 7 7 24

This will be a game that will haunt the Montreal Alouettes throughout the off-season as a costly error caused the eventual game-winning 20-yard field goal by Troy Westwood to give his Winnipeg Blue Bombers a 24-22 victory at Canad Inns Stadium, with time expiring.

In the first quarter, the Bombers opened the scoring with their first six plays at 4:33 of the first quarter when quarterback, Kevin Glenn found a streaking Milt Stegall down the right side of the field for a 19-yard touchdown.

It appeared that the Alouettes tied the game early in the second quarter, but a review of a touchdown by Ashlan Davis revealed the receiver had not crossed the goal-line with the ball causing a third-and-goal situation. But Winnipeg linebacker, Barrin Simpson would eventually stop Montreal running back Jarrett Payton, from crossing the goal line and causing a turnover-on-downs.

Montreal would eventually recover after defensive back Davis Sanchez's interception of Glenn during Winnipeg's next drive help set up the tying score when Marcus Brady hooked up with receiver Eric Deslauriers on two catches for 49 yards, before Kerry Carter plunged in for a one-yard TD score at 6:15 of the second.

The Bombers momentarily regained the lead following an 18-yard field goal, but Montreal rebounded to a 14-10 advantage with less than two minutes remaining in the first half as Kerry Watkins took a short pass from Brady and raced 65 yards untouched into the end zone. Westwood would also concede a two-point safety following a stalled drive by Winnipeg, giving Montreal a 16-10 lead after 30 minutes.

In the second half, Montreal would maintain a slim lead and control of the game, until the last minutes of the fourth quarter.

The two teams were exchanging field goals, which kept Montreal in front by two points. Furthermore, it seemed that the momentum favoured the Alouettes after Westwood missed a 39-yard field goal with more than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but the longtime kicker regained his composure minutes later with the eventual winning kick.

But many will remember this game as the moment when Montreal coach Jim Popp made a major blunder deciding to go for an ill-advised third-and-one at Montreal's 44-yard line with 1:35 seconds left with his team leading 22-21. By taking that chance Alouettes quarterback, Marcus Brady was eventually stopped by Barrin Simpson which caused another turnover-on-downs and giving the Blue Bombers perfect field position.

With the help of running back, Charles Roberts' three carries for 24 yards, it moved Winnipeg into field goal position that caused the game winning field-goal. The loss spoiled the great performances by Marcus Brady and Montreal receiver Kerry Watkins. Brady threw for 299 yards and one touchdown, while Watkins caught five passes for 158 yards and a touchdown.

For Winnipeg, Charles Roberts came through in the second half to finish with 104 yards on 19 carries and one touchdown, while Barrin Simpson was equally brilliant for the Bombers, making eight tackles and spearheading two big defensive stands.

West Semi-FinalEdit

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Calgary Stampeders 0 7 10 7 24
Saskatchewan Roughriders 13 6 3 4 26

The Saskatchewan Roughriders rode the foot of Luca Congi and the arm and legs of Kerry Joseph to a 26-24 victory over the Calgary Stampeders at Mosaic Stadium. Congi matched a season high and tied a league playoff record with six field goals, while Joseph passed for 395 yards and added another 108 on the ground in the first playoff game in Regina in 19 years.

The Roughriders offence jumped on Calgary's defence on the first play of the game, when Kerry Joseph hooked up with wide receiver D.J. Flick on a 62-yard pass-and-run play for a touchdown at the 29-second mark.

A pair of Congi field goals from 47 and 49 yards made it a 13-0 for the Roughriders. The Roughriders in the first quarter were winning battles in territorial play and time of possession, but the Stampeders would temporarily silence the sold out crowd of Mosaic Stadium when Saskatchewan, slotback Andy Fantuz could not handle a Joseph pass in the end zone and watched the ball deflect into the hands of defensive back Dwaine Carpenter.

Carpenter ran to the Riders 40-yard line before he lateraled the ball to Trey Young, who ran untouched to the end zone for a 113-yard interception return — the third-longest in CFL playoff history — to make it 13-7.

The Stampeders would close within 19-14 in the third quarter and had the momentum until they failed to convert on a third-and-one from their own 37-yard line. Calgary's third turnover of the game turned into a 37-yard Congi field goal. Saskatchewan never looked back and got a huge defensive stand later in the quarter after Marc Calixte's punt block gave the Stampeders the ball inside the Riders' 20. On second and inches, Saskatchewan linebacker Reggie Hunt ended up sacking Henry Burris for a loss of six yards, forcing Calgary kicker Sandro DeAngelis to boot an 18-yard field goal to make it 22-17.

After Congi added a field goal and a single to make it 26-17 Saskatchewan, the Stampeders made a late charge as quarterback Henry Burris found wide receiver Ken-Yon Rambo in the end zone on a 16-yard pass with just 53 seconds left in the fourth quarter to make it a two-point game.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Stampeders would recover the ball near midfield to give them a chance to win the game with a field goal, but the CFL's most penalized team this season ended up being offside on the play and Sandro DeAngelis was forced to kick a second time. This time however, the Roughriders made no mistake as wide receiver Kahill Hill recovered the ball to allow Joseph to run out the clock and send Calgary to its third straight West semifinal loss.

Division FinalsEdit

November 18

East FinalEdit

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7 5 7 0 19
Toronto Argonauts 1 0 0 8 9

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers advanced to the Grey Cup for the first time in six years by stunning the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday but lost star quarterback, Kevin Glenn in the process.

Heading into the game, Toronto linebacker, Kevin Eiben guaranteed this week that Winnipeg wouldn't score more than 10 points. However, Winnipeg would manage a convincing 19-9 victory to head to the Grey Cup.

After the missed field goal by Toronto placekicker, Noel Prefontaine, Winnipeg's Kevin Glenn would complete his passes to four different receivers to give Winnipeg an early 7-1 lead. Glenn's touchdown throw caught a break as it deflected off Derick Armstrong in the end zone and into the waiting hands of Milt Stegall for the score.

Later on Troy Westwood would kick a 34-yard field goal after a 26-yard interference infraction by Toronto defensive back, Kenny Wheaton in the second quarter.

By the end of the first half, Winnipeg had a 12-1 lead, while their star running back, Charles Roberts would amass 67 total rushing yards.

In the third quarter, it was clear that the Blue Bombers were headed to an easy win after Keith Stokes electrifying 81 yard punt return, which turned out to be the CFL East Final's biggest play to give Winnipeg a 19-1 lead.

Later in the third quarter, Toronto quarterback, Michael Bishop hooked up with Obed Cetoute on a big 47-yard gain, but would overthrow Derrell Mitchell on what could have been a touchdown. The missed opportunity proved costly for Toronto as Noel Prefontaine's field goal attempt was blocked by Winnipeg's Jerome Haywood going 0-for-2 in his only field goal attempts in the game.

However, Eiben will undoubtedly still be hated in Winnipeg after he collided with Kevin Glenn during a botched handoff early in the fourth quarter. Glenn, the CFL's East Outstanding Player of the Year nominee would leave the game with a broken left arm, which eventually ended his season. Glen would complete 15 of 21 passes for 201 yards before leaving.

After the costly Winnipeg turnover, Michael Bishop would connect with Arland Bruce on a 90-yard pass play and then would eventually plunge into the endzone for a touchdown to cut the Winnipeg lead to 19-8. Toronto would eventually gain a single point on a Prefontaine punt to make it a 19-9 Winnipeg lead, but it would be the only offence that the Argos would muster as Bishop struggled all day long in his first career playoff start, misfiring on several throws and completing 21 of 45 passes for 376 yards.

While Winnipeg's backup quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie had some problems getting plays in on time, the former Boise State standout was strong in relief, completing all four of his passes for 80 yards and running precious time off the clock. In addition, Winnipeg running back, Charles Roberts would finish the game with 105 rushing yards on 25 carries.

With the victory, the Blue Bombers could win their first Grey Cup championship since the 1990 season and Milt Stegall could have an opportunity to eventually end his career with his first championship ring. However, it remains to be seen if Dinwiddie can perform in the Grey Cup game with the loss of Glenn, as he could find himself to be among the unlikeliest of Grey Cup starting quarterbacks in CFL history.

West FinalEdit

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Saskatchewan Roughriders 10 3 13 0 26
BC Lions 7 3 7 0 17

This was the third meeting in four years between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the BC Lions in the Western Final. In their previous meetings the Lions were able to defeat the Riders and earn two trips to the Grey Cup, winning one championship last season in Winnipeg. However, the Riders showed that perseverance and that a stellar defence can overcome the defending Grey Cup champions as they headed to the Grey Cup for the first time since 1997.

The Riders were able to score 16 of their 26 points by converting on four turnovers, including two fumble recovers, and kicker Luca Congi made good on four field goals. The BC Lion offence struggled as quarterback Jarious Jackson went 3-15 in his pass attempts and was replaced late in the second quarter by veteran Dave Dickenson who passed for one touchdown.

The Roughriders opened a 10-0 lead in the first quarter after receiver, Andy Fantuz hauled in a 13-yard TD pass from Kerry Joseph and a Luca Congi 37-yard field goal. The 10 points from the Roughriders came from Lion turnovers by an Ian Smart fumble and an interception. However, BC running back Joe Smith would reduce the Riders' lead to 10-7 on a one-yard run with 1:17 remaining in the first.

In the second quarter the Lions managed a field goal by Paul McCallum to tie the game at 10-10. But a second interception thrown by Jarious Jackson would cause the Riders to score a field goal to take a 13-10 lead into the half as both teams were able to provide stingy defences to limit each offence to a field goal apiece. In addition, Jarious Jackson would eventually be benched and be replaced by Dave Dickenson at the end of the second quarter and for the remainder of the game.

While heading into the third quarter leading 13-10, the Riders extended their lead when quarterback Kerry Joseph found running back Neal Hughes for a four-yard touchdown at 7:09 of the quarter. Congi's 33-yard field goal more than two minutes later put Saskatchewan ahead 23-10 off a Dickenson fumble.

The Lions would get themselves back in the game, when Ian Smart returned a 78-yard kickoff return, which started a one-play 11 yard Dickenson touchdown pass to receiver Geroy Simon to quickly cut the lead to 23-17.

Then Luca Congi would kick his fourth field goal of the game on the team's next drive to give the Riders a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter where the Saskatchewan defence took over and pitched a shutout in the final quarter to preserve the victory and a Grey Cup berth.

Quarterback Kerry Joseph would manage to throw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, while the defence registered for seven sacks. With the loss, the BC Lions failed in their attempt to become the first back-to-back champions since the 1997 Toronto Argonauts. The loss would also spoil an outstanding performance by defensive end Cameron Wake, the West's nominee as rookie of the year and top defensive player, who tied a CFL playoff record with four sacks.

ReferencesEdit

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