Calvillo held back at home

JIM BENDER

, Last Updated: 7:48 AM ET

MONTREAL -- The Winnipeg offence may have come through under the strangest of adversities but that overshadowed the job its defence did here yesterday.

The Blue Bombers held quarterback Anthony Calvillo and the potent Alouettes offence to under 30 points for only the second time this season as Winnipeg won 24-23.

Part of that was due to a much-improved secondary.

"The thing with Calvillo, he wants to unload the ball pretty quick and we started making him hold the ball up a bit, and that made him a little more uncomfortable," explained defensive back Kelly Malveaux. "All throughout the season, he's been completing the short passes with the rub and the pick and things like that. The defensive line came in at the half and said, 'We need a second more, just hold your coverage a second more.' We did our job on the back end and they did their job and kept him uncomfortable in the pocket."

The Bomber offence also kept that Montreal offence off the field by staying on the field.

"We wanted to do two things, one was to disrupt Montreal's offence and the other was try to create a rhythm of our own," said Bomber head coach Doug Berry. "I felt that we were able to do some of that today and probably did it more than we thought we'd be able to get away with."

Beating the Als in Montreal is a confidence-booster for the sometimes-fragile Bombers.

"That's big," Malveaux said. "Hopefully, that's a premonition of what's to come. We can't get ahead of ourselves and get overconfident. But we beat a good football team (yesterday). We have to take care of business next week and make sure we do it also in that first round of the playoffs."

Winnipeg plays host to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Saturday.


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