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CFL playoff picture set: Als host Lions, Riders visit Esks

11/09/2014 01:07 EST | Updated 01/09/2015 05:59 EST
After a dramatic final week in the CFL, the road to the Grey Cup is finally set. Here’s how the CFL playoff picture looks leading up to the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver:

East semifinal

B.C. Lions (9-9) at Montreal Alouettes (9-9)

- Sunday, Nov. 16 – 1 p.m. ET

Both B.C. and Montreal survived rocky seasons to get here. Montreal overcame a 1-7 start and enters the matchup as one of the hottest teams in the league, while B.C. managed to find a way to survive the season despite major injuries on offence, which include starting quarterback Travis Lulay and running back Andrew Harris.

West semifinal

Saskatchewan Roughriders (10-8) at Edmonton Eskimos (12-6)

- Sunday, Nov. 16 – 4:30 p.m. ET

Edmonton rode a top-ranked defence to second place in the West,  while Saskatchewan struggled mightily this season after losing quarterback Darian Durant to injury, going 1-5 to end the season. His status for the West semifinal is unknown. Expect a bunch of chippy play in this one — the two teams are playing each other for the second straight week, and there was a lot of nastiness in the first encounter. 

East Final

[East semifinal winner] at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (9-9)

After moving into Tim Horton’s Field, the Ticats are 6-0. That’s pretty much all you need to know about their chances in this one. Hamilton hasn’t hosted the East final since 1998, and is looking for its second-straight Grey Cup appearance. 

- Sunday, Nov. 23 – 1 p.m. ET

West final

[West semifinal winner] at Calgary Stampeders (15-3)

- Sunday, Nov. 23 – 4:30 p.m. ET

Again, the Stamps enter the post-season with the league’s top record. Again, they host the West final. Can they avoid the letdown of last season and win the big game at home?

102nd Grey Cup

East final winner vs. West final winner

- Sunday, Nov. 30 – 6 p.m. ET

The 102nd Grey Cup will be held at BC Place in Vancouver. 

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