Win or go home.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats host the Montreal Alouettes Sunday afternoon at Guelph’s Alumni Stadium in the CFL East Semi-Final.
CHML’s coverage of the playoff game begins with our Pregame Show at noon, kickoff is at 1pm.
Hamilton has won four of their last five games heading into the post-season, a record matched only by the league leading Calgary Stampeders.
And the Ticats are getting another influx of players back from the injured list, namely receiver Greg Ellingson and cornerback Delvin Breaux.
While Montreal could be missing talented linebacker Kyries Hebert due to a knee injury.
10-and-8 Hamilton won the season series against the 8-and-10 Alouettes, taking two of their three meetings.
The Ticats topped the Al’s 28-26 in Moncton in Week 13, Montreal destroyed Hamilton 36-5 at Percival Molson Stadium four weeks later, and the Cats rallied past the Alouettes 27-24 in the second last week of the regular season.
Hamilton’s last playoff win came against the Alouettes in the 2011 East Semi when the Ticats out-slugged Montreal 52-44 in overtime at Olympic Stadium.
It stands as Hamilton’s only win in Montreal since 2001.
In the eight previous East Semi-Finals, the Tiger-Cats are 5-and-3 against the Al’s.
And over the last 10 seasons, the home teams hold a slim 11-and-9 recorded over the road teams in the CFL playoffs.
Sunday’s game will by Ticats QB Henry Burris’ 11th playoff game.
The 38-year-old has a record of 4-and-6 in the post-season, and his only meeting against Montreal came in the 2008 Grey Cup when Hank led the Stampeders over the Alouettes.
On the flip side, Montreal rookie pivot Troy Smith will be making his first career CFL playoff start.
The last time the Alouettes won a playoff game was in the 2010 East Final when Montreal blasted the Toronto Argonauts 48-17 at the Big O.
The winner of the East Semi-Final will move on to play the Argos in the Eastern Final at Rogers Centre on Sunday November 17 at 1pm.