With the start of the CFL playoffs a week away, the Tiger-Cats are entering the post-season having lost five of their last six games.
Vernon Adams Jr. threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Montreal Alouettes to a 32-25 win over Hamilton.
Adams Jr. is now 3-0 as a starting quarterback in the CFL and also handed the Ticats their fourth straight loss at home, something that hasn’t happened since 2006.
The Alouettes hit the scoreboard first when Stefan Logan returned Brett Maher’s first punt of the game 86 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Hamilton’s Brandon Banks passed Wally Zatylny on the Ticats’ all-time kickoff return yards list.
Cats’ receivers Mike Jones and Spencer Watt both had a chance to haul in a 17 yard touchdown pass on the same drive but Hamilton settled for a Brett Maher 25 yard field goal.
Maher made it 7-6 after connecting on a 43 yard field goal with 1:33 left in the first quarter.
Jeff Mathews replaced Zach Collaros at the end of the opening period after Collaros went 8 of 12 for 134 yards.
The Cats had the ball for 11:01 in the first quarter and did not allow a first down.
Montreal extended their lead to 14-6 with 5:42 left in the first half when Vernon Adams Jr. chucked an 18 yard touchdown to former Ticats receiver Sam Giguere.
Maher made his third field goal of the day, from 51 yards, to cut Montreal’s lead to 14-9 just over two minutes into the third quarter.
After linebacker Keon Raymond stripped the football out of the hands on Al’s receiver Nik Lewis the Ticats drove down the field and took their first lead of the game with 3:07 left in the third quarter when Jeff Mathews threw a 24 yard TD to newcomer Brian Tyms.
The ensuing two point conversion was good to put the Cats up 17-14.
But Montreal came right back to retake the lead when Adams Jr. tossed a 37 yard touchdown to Giguere, before Maher added a punt single to make it 21-18 Montreal.
The back and forth scoring continued when Chris Davis scooped up a Brandon Rutley fumble and returned it to the Al’s 5 yard line.
One play later, Anthony Woodson scored his first career CFL touchdown when he ran into the endzone from five yards out to give the Cats a 25-21 advantage with 9:15 to go.
Adams Jr. heaved a 43 yard TD strike into the hands of Alouettes receiver B.J. Cunningham as Montreal went back on top, 28-25, with 6:36 to play.
Boris Bede wrapped up the scoring with a 16 yard field goal and a kickoff single with 1:10 to play.
Hamilton will host Edmonton Sunday, November 13 in the East Division Semifinal.