TORONTO - Had the Argonauts not choked miserably against the Montreal Alouettes last Friday night, they would have returned to practice on Tuesday with the knowledge that a home playoff game still was possible.
But that possibility disappeared quicker than the kids’ Halloween candy when the Als outscored the Argos 17-0 in the fourth quarter and won 37-30 at the Rogers Centre.
The Argos could finish tied in the East Division with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at 9-9 — if the Argos win in Montreal on Sunday and the Tiger-Cats lose at home to the B.C. Lions on Saturday — but because they lost the season series 3-0 to the Ticats, they will be at Ivor Wynne Stadium for the East semi-final on Nov. 14.
“We could not win so we do not deserve to (play host to a playoff game),” Argos head coach Jim Barker said. “We will go to Ivor Wynne, (hopefully win) on the road there and then go to Olympic Stadium (to face the Alouettes in the East final on Nov. 21) and hopefully on to the Grey Cup (on Nov. 28 in Edmonton).
“It’s a three-game road season (in the playoffs) and we created our own situation. We are not disappointed, but we just have to get prepared so we can do it.”
The Argos should have an update on the status of cornerback Willie Middlebrooks on Tuesday. He left the game against Montreal with an injury and did not return.