Green played hero for Als

Montreal Alouettes' S.J. Green runs between Saskatchewan Roughriders' Donovan Alexander and Tad...

Montreal Alouettes' S.J. Green runs between Saskatchewan Roughriders' Donovan Alexander and Tad Kornegay. (REUTERS/Fred Greenslade)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:45 PM ET

S.J. Green started the season with a highlight-reel catch against the Saskatchewan Roughriders that stood out as one of the plays of the year.

He ended it with an outstanding contest against those same Roughriders in the Grey Cup on Sunday, that will go down as one of the performances of the year.

The Montreal Alouettes receiver finished with a game-high nine catches for 102 yards helping his team capture their second-consecutive title with a 21-18 victory.

"Nobody wanted us to win, not the league, not TSN, not anybody," said Green. "We wanted to prove everybody wrong and it just feels so good.

"It was a tough game, we got up early and then we got down. But we fought the whole game. It's the way we've fought this whole season and it feels so good to just come out on top."

The nine catches were the most in one game for Green since joining the Alouettes three seasons ago.

Earlier this year, the South Florida product had and eight-catch, 107-yard outing.

"We left a couple of plays out there that we couldn't capitalize on, but overall, I thought we did what we had to do," Green said. "We were able to make the plays when we needed to."

The Alouettes used both Green and game MVP Jamel Richardson to counter the Roughriders blitzes.

Green was able to make the most of the one-on-coverage used against him and became a primary option for Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo.

"We have a lot of blitz throws designated to different guys and SJ. had a few of them," Calvillo said. "He was able to make the guys miss after the catch and he was able to gain some big yards for us.

"They kept on blitzing us, they've been doing it all playoff against B.C. and Calgary. When that happens, you have to get the ball to your hands (receivers) very quickly. And the time they came on blitzes, we were able to go downtown."

On one occasion, Green nearly bettered the catch he made on opening weekend extending out and, at first, appearing to pull in a Calvillo pass with one hand.

However, on his way to the ground, Green was unable to prevent the ball from hitting the turf.

"I was hoping I could reel it in, it would have been better than my play of the year," Green said. "But, it is what it is, we won the game, that's what's important.

"We knew when they blitzed, we were going to have an advantage on short passes and little screen passes. When they' blitzed we were wide open, because we were in one-on-one coverage. A couple of times we had the opportunity to capitalize on it."

A native of Tampa, Florida, Green, 25, signed with the Alouettes prior to the 2007 season. He had just 11 catches through his first two years before collecting 15 passes last season. He didn't make a single catch in last year's Grey Cup game.

"Playing on this stage, I've never had this opportunity before," Green said. "I played last year, but I never had an opportunity like this, to be such a big part of the offence. To come out here and contribute the way I was able to contribute, it feels good and it's a blessing and I was happy I was able to bring this joy to my teammates."

This season Green developed into an integral part of the Alouettes passing game. He finished the regular season with 58 catches for 875 yards and 10 touchdowns.

"Winning this year, it's a totally different feeling, because you feel like a part of it," Green said. "I felt like a part of it last year, because I bought in and played my role, but I feel like I had much more of my hand into this time and it feels so good to be a part of it this time."


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