Make or break time

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 3:28 PM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos' record playoff streak could come to an end today.

With the Saskatchewan Roughriders beating the Montreal Alouettes 27-26 on the final play last night, the Green and Gold's Tragic Number has dropped to one - meaning a loss today against the Toronto Argos officially knocks them out of playoff contention for the first time in 35 years.

"It is not over until the fat lady sings," said veteran Joe McGrath. "Our backs are against the wall and when you corner an animal that is when they are the most dangerous.

"We are that caged animal that just wants to get out and let loose and show everyone what we are made of."

Since 1972 when the streak started, the Eskimos have never been in this exact must-win situation.

Just two years ago Edmonton qualified for the post season on the second to last week with a win. But if the club had lost to Winnipeg, there was still hope in the final week.

In 1999, they sneaked into the playoffs through back door when Montreal beat Winnipeg on the final weekend of the year.

And in 1983, the Riders kept the post-season string alive for Edmonton by defeating Calgary on the final weekend.


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