Lions humiliated in Montreal

The B.C. defence chased Anthony Calvillo Sunday in the East finals, but failed to stop the Montreal...

The B.C. defence chased Anthony Calvillo Sunday in the East finals, but failed to stop the Montreal QB, who threw for five touchdowns in an Alouette rout over the Lions. (REUTERS)

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Just like that, the B.C. Lions season is over.

Despite coming off a bye week, Montreal's Anthony Calvillo showed no rust and embarrassed the Lions defence by tying a CFL record with five touchdown passes in a dominating 56-18 win at Olympic Stadium to knock B.C. out of the playoffs.

It didn't take long for Calvillo to get the Alouettes offence going, throwing two touchdowns in the opening quarter after a couple B.C. turnovers.

The first came when Lions' running back Martell Mallett got stripped by linebacker Shea Emry deep in B.C.'s zone, resulting in a Jamel Richardson TD on the ensuing offensive play.

On the next Lions drive, Casey Printers threw an interception to Billy Parker that turned into another Calvillo TD pass, this time to Kerry Watkins.

Montreal ended the first half with two more Calvillo-thrown TDs, another to Richardson and one to Brian Bratton, while B.C. only replied once when Printers found Paris Jackson in the endzone.

While the league's worst rushing defence kept Montreal to 113 yards, it was the secondary that failed to show up entirely.

With Dante Marsh injured early in the game, fill-in Jerome Dennis was victimized by Calvillo multiple times and the entire back-field unit missed tackles, blew coverages, and had no answer to the Al's offence. Montreal finished the night with 421 total yards.

The Lions ground game was also highly ineffective, as an injured Mallett could only put together five rushing yards, while fumbling twice.

B.C. showed some life early in the third quarter when Ryan Grice-Mullen returned a punt 106 yards to cut the Montreal lead to 13. It was the longest punt return in a CFL playoff game.

But that was the closest the Lions would get.

Calvillo answered that TD with one of his own to Bratton, his second of the night, before kicker Paul McCallum miffed a punt, which resulted in Richardson's third touchdown of the game.

With the Alouettes heading to the Grey Cup, the Lions will return home to pack their bags before heading into the offseason following a disappointing year in which they lost four of their last five games.


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