The Hamilton Tiger-Cats managed to run with the best team in the league for 60 minutes of game time but couldn’t stop them with no time left on the clock falling 27-26 to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The game started poorly for the Cats falling down 6-0 on two field goals by Lirim Hajrullahu from 19 and 25 yards.
Justin Medlock would get one back for Hamilton from 32 yards but Robert Marve would rush in a TD from three yards out to give the Bombers a 13-3 halftime lead.
Most concerning for Hamilton was the lack of offense as the team managed on 22 total yards and two first downs in the entire first half.
The Bombers would come out flying with Nic Grigsby rushing in his first TD of the night from 16 yards to give the Bombers a 20-3 lead.
The Tiger-Cats would finally wake up and took control of the game in a big way.
First it was C.J. Gable catching a 48 yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 10.
Then Dan LeFevour powered his way into the endzone for a two yard major dropping the lead to three.
After forcing a two and out deep in Bombers territory it was punt returner Quincy McDuffie, playing for the injured Brandon Banks, who took the punt all the way back for the spectacular 67 yard return touchdown.
On the ensuing Winnipeg possession the Cats would force another two and out and a botched snap on the punt resulted in a Cats safety and a 26-20 lead.
Neither team would be able to score until, with 1:40 left on the clock the Blue Bombers got the ball and drove 94 yards down the field capping it off with a two yard touchdown pass to Nic Grigsby with no time remaining on the clock.
A successful convert from Hajrullahu would seal the crushing defeat for the Cats.
Hamilton won’t be back in action until next Friday when they travel to B.C. to take on the Lions.
The pre-game show goes at 9pm, kickoff is a 10pm.