Too much on line to go for two points

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

For one fleeting moment, John Hufnagel contemplated attempting a two-point convert in overtime Saturday.

It was an extremely brief moment at best.

Hufnagel elected to send Sandro DeAngelis out for the tying extra point to end a 44-44 tie against the Saskatchewan Roughriders and further throw the West Division standings into flux.

"Playing that long, there's so much on the line if you lose the game," Hufnagel said.

"If it was the game of the year and you needed a win, it was a no-brainer. We play them again and only lost by a point. So now, it's whoever wins the game.

"I spent more time debating the last play of regulation (a Hail Mary attempt).

"I twisted and turned on that because some bad things could happen on that play. There were five seconds left so we could have gone back and thrown the ball out of bounds.

"We were fighting to win the game. It would have been a miracle but, sometimes, those things happen."

This sets up a showdown in the regular-season finale that will decide the tiebreaker between the 8-6-1 Riders and Stamps.

The Riders won the first meeting of the season by one point, 24-23 Aug.1 at McMahon Stadium, so the Stamps need to win by two Nov. 7 in Regina to get the edge in the series.

"That's just us and Saskatchewan without thinking about the other two teams in this party," Hufnagel said about the permutations for playoff scenarios. "There is lots of football left, but I keep saying that and the season gets shorter and shorter."

With the B.C. Lions beating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 24-21 yesterday, the West Division is muddled with three weeks left. The Lions (8-7) are one point behind, while the Edmonton Eskimos (7-8) are three back.

The Eskimos visit McMahon Stadium Friday and need to win by 23 to take that season series.

EXTRA POINTS

The Stamps may be without FB Teyo Johnson Friday against the Eskimos. The second-year Stamp left Saturday's tie with an ankle sprain and he's the most doubtful of injured players ... Stamps DL Justin Phillips suffered a shoulder injury, and his status will be determined this week in practice.


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