Bombers look good in win over Argos

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, Last Updated: 11:45 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- You can call off the dogs -- for now -- but don't go printing those playoff tickets quite yet.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers put together one of their best offensive performances of the season when they needed it most last night, holding on to edge the Toronto Argonauts 29-24 in a fight-filled affair at Canad Inns Stadium.

The Bombers snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 4-8 in front of a season-low crowd of 22,446 spectators. Winnipeg is two points up on the Argos (3-9) and two behind the B.C. Lions (5-7), who own the third and final playoff spot in the East Division thanks to the crossover rule.

The Bombers host the Edmonton Eskimos (6-6) Friday, and they will enter that match on a high after finally putting an offence on the field that resembled a CFL outfit.

Quarterback Michael Bishop, despite having a relatively inexperienced receiving corps at his disposal, had his best game for Winnipeg. The Bombers have renewed hope after Bishop completed 23 of 32 attempts for 312 yards and two touchdowns. They did not, however, step on the Argos' throat.

The Bombers led 29-9 going into the fourth quarter, but the Argos made a game of it thanks to Andre Durie's three-yard touchdown run on a blocked punt and Kerry Joseph's three-yard TD run.

Bombers receiver Adarius Bowman fumbled with 3:15 remaining, but the defence held, and the Argos never threatened to score.

The teams, fighting for their playoff lives, took that term a little too literally early in the fourth quarter when a brawl broke out at midfield.

A large congregation of players and coaches gathered after Ian Logan's interception of Kerry Joseph, and the result was four ejections and an objectionable conduct penalty.


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