Eskimos stage fourth-quarter rally to earn come-from-behind win over Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Mike Reilly throws during the first quarter of Friday's game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at...

Mike Reilly throws during the first quarter of Friday's game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Commonwealth Stadium. (Codie McLachlan, Edmonton Sun)

Gerry Moddejonge, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 2:22 AM ET

Flags flew and bodies fell at Commonwealth Stadium Friday night, but when the smoke cleared the Edmonton Eskimos have started out 2-0 for the first time in three seasons.

A 28-24 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats came down to the final play in front of an announced attendance of 30,714 to give Edmonton half as many wins as they earned all last year, with games against the expansion Ottawa Redblacks and upstart Winnipeg Blue Bombers next up.

Down by a field goal midway through the final frame, Ticats backup quarterback Jeremiah Masoli got called for loose ball interference on a bobbled handoff attempt, resulting in an Eskimos possession deep in Hamilton territory.

But it only resulted in a single point off a missed 38-yard field goal attempt by Grant Shaw, who also missed from one yard closer on his previous kick.

Facing his proverbial third strike, the Eskimos kicker hit the winner from 43 yards out to give Edmonton a one-point lead, which the defence helped o


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