Esks take snoozer

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:41 AM ET

EDMONTON — The finish to this one was as wild as the rest of the game was dull.

Winnipeg found themselves on the short end of a 16-13 score to end a perfect portion of their season.

A regulation game devoid of touchdowns went into overtime when Winnipeg’s Justin Palardy hit a 27-yard field goal with no time left.

After Palardy hit a 38-yarder on the Bombers first possession, the Eskimos put it away when Eskimos running back Daniel Porter ran in the ball from 11 yards out, the only time either team had found the end zone.

Reruns of this game will be used for decades as a cure for insomnia.

Even though the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have had a lock on snooze control for most of this season, the Edmonton Eskimos must have figured they may as well sleepwalk along.

Winnipeg never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

The Bombers remained winless on the road for the first time since 1998, the second year of the dismal Jeff Reinebold era.

Winnipeg had plenty of chances to put the game away against a more-than-generous Eskimos offence. They had four interceptions, a pair of third-down stuffs and a troika of sacks.

A 4-4 half-time score accurately reflected both team’s offensive struggles with their young quarterbacks.

Justin Palardy booted a 38-yard field goal at 9:10 of the first quarter on the Bombers opening seven-play drive.

Winnipeg was unable to take advantage when they stuffed the Eskimos on a third-down gamble on the next series.

A couple of minutes later, Jonathan Hefney intercepted a Jared Zabransky pass that resulted in a 49-yard single.

Winnipeg’s offence finally got some momentum going in the second quarter as quarterback Joey Elliott marched the team to within striking distance after an interception by safety Ian Logan.

Starting on the Eskimos 54, the Bombers had a first down on Edmonton’s five.

That opportunity ended three plays later when the Eskimos defence stuffed Elliott on a quarterback sneak from the one.

A single and a field goal by Derek Schiavone pulled the Eskimos even late in the half.

Edmonton’s dangerous drive to open the second half was snuffed out when Jovon Johnson got the Bomber’s third pick of the night at the Bombers six-yard line.

Fred Reid broke the game’s biggest play when he busted up the right side for a 56-yard gain that set up a 46-yard Palardy field goal and a 7-4 lead.

But the Eskimos tied it up on a 13-yard Schiavone field goal after Calvin McCarty ran a direct snap 37 yards to Winnipeg’s 25-yard line.

Schiavone’s 37-yard field goal with 3:07 left gave the Eskimos a temporary 10-7 lead.

con.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca


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