Lions in must-win territory

HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

The playoff are coming to B.C. Place after all, sort of.

After losing 28-26 on a last-second field goal Saturday, the Lions will play in a one-game, winner-moves-on matchup when they host the Edmonton Eskimos Friday.

With both teams tied at 16 points for the bottom two spots in the West, the victor will advance to the postseason, while the loser will have to await an Eastern result.

How’s that for some playoff-like atmosphere at the Dome?

The Lions had a chance to guarantee themselves a postseason showing this Saturday night, but despite a 337-yard passing performance by quarterback Casey Printers, the B.C. defence allowed three touchdowns and 446 total yards in a loss to Calgary.

They will need a much better defensive performance Friday if they want to advance on their own terms. With the Montreal Alouettes beating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 48-13 yesterday, the loser between the Lions and Eskimos could still make it to the playoffs via crossover standings.

But that would require another Winnipeg loss next week when they play the Hamilton Tigercats.

Either way, the Lions should be controlling their own fate instead of depending on uncontrollable circumstances if they want to see postseason action.


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