Sure they won, but ...

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

HAMILTON -- Sure, Winnipeg won the game but one has to wonder: This is a playoff-bound team?

And did they play like they deserve to be there?

BOMBERS 29 TICATS 22

The Blue Bombers, who clinched a CFL playoff berth when Edmonton lost on Saturday, eked out a 29-22 come-from-behind victory over Hamilton before 24,955 witnesses at Ivor Wynne Stadium yesterday.

Hamilton started backup quarterback Kevin Eakin, then finished with No. 3 Richie Williams, and almost one-third of its starting roster had been relegated to the infirmary. Yet, the Tiger-Cats still carried a 22-17 lead into the fourth quarter.

"We'll definitely take it," said Bomber linebacker Barrin Simpson. "It was definitely disappointing but we stepped it up at the end.

"We got after them pretty good in the second half. We showed some character and we did what we needed to do to win the game ... But we've got to play like we played in the fourth quarter all four quarters."

The Bombers scored 12 unanswered points with the wind in the final frame to secure the victory.

Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to tailback Charles Roberts, Bomber defensive lineman Ron Warner caught Williams in the end zone for a safety touch and Hamilton also conceded a safety in the fateful fourth.

Although Winnipeg improved to 8-8, head coach Doug Berry admitted it was a frustrating game.

"It was," Berry said. "I thought we were really on fire to begin with, then we let ourselves get into that lackadaisical mode -- not full concentration.

"But then, I was really happy to see the way we played that fourth quarter. I couldn't be more excited about us playing the way we played the fourth quarter."

Glenn had completed touchdown passes of 26 yards to wide receiver Derick Armstrong and 72 to slotback Kwame Cavil in the first quarter but then fell into a stupor.

"We came out on fire but the good field position hid the fact that we were coming off a bye week and this has been one of the longest bye weeks I've ever been in," said Roberts, who finished with 104 yards on 20 carries.

"Combined with the fact that we already knew we were in the playoffs, guys were a little looser than they needed to be going into the game."

Winnipeg placekicker Troy Westwood kicked an 11-yard field goal and two converts. Armstrong also caught a Glenn pass for a two-point convert.

Eakin completed a six-yard TD toss to Brock Ralph while Williams completed a 48-yard strike to D.J. Flick. Jamie Boreham converted both and added field goals of 15 and 17 yards. Westwood also conceded a safety.

Glenn completed 24 of 35 passes for 325 yards and the three TDs, with no interceptions.

"It was a good win coming off a bye," he said. "It was a really good win. We hadn't played a game in (two weeks) so, it could have had an affect."

Glenn misfired on several pass attempts, but denied the break had an effect on him.

"It just depends on the person," he said. "I thought we played well coming off the bye though."

But not well enough to throw scares into potential playoff foes.

Although Winnipeg remains in third place in the CFL East, the Bombers moved to within two points of Montreal and four of Toronto. All three teams have two games left, with Montreal playing Toronto to end the regular season.

The Bombers return home to host the Calgary Stampeders this Saturday, then finish against the Lions in B.C.


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