Moving on to Cowtown

BOB MACKIN, 24 HOURS VANCOUVER

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

There's a first time for everything and the B.C. Lions need to demonstrate that on Saturday when they visit the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL's West final.

Calgary was 3-0 in regular season against the Lions. If, through those meetings, the Lions discovered a Stamps' weakness they have yet to exploit, they were keeping it quiet yesterday when they returned to practice in Whalley.

Increased intensity was the only thing on linebacker Otis Floyd's mind.

"This is a whole other beast we're playing with. It's the playoffs; it's going to be totally different out there," Floyd said. "It's playoff time. We don't have friends out there."

The Lions showed more intensity before and during Saturday's upset of the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the West semifinal in Regina. Players on both teams converged on midfield before kickoff and officials needed to separate them.

"They tried to come too close to us, our sideline. They thought we were playing, we weren't playing," Floyd said. "When we met them in the middle they were smiling and joking. We weren't. I knew right then and there we were going to win the game."

After the Lions scored just seven points on four turnovers in the first quarter, Jarious Jackson's second-and-short surprise touchdown pass to Geroy Simon in the third quarter marked the beginning of the end for the defending Grey Cup champs' season.

"It was a great call at a great time," Jackson said. "We finally got in a situation where it's either win or go home. I guess we were pulling all the tricks out of the bag."

According to Jackson, that bag is far from empty.


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