Same old sob story for Bombers

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- For the second time in three weeks the Winnipeg Blue Bombers shut out their opponent in the first half.

For the second time in three weeks the Bombers failed to turn that stellar defensive play into a win, falling 16-14 to the host B.C. Lions in front of 23,186 spectators at Empire Field.

Lions placekicker Paul McCallum, who was dealing with a hamstring injury, booted the game-winning 19-yard field goal with 12 seconds to go. Rookie Bombers kicker Justin Palardy missed a 29-yard field goal midway through the fourth that will come back to haunt the Blue and Gold.

The devastating defeat all but eliminates the Bombers (3-10) from post-season contention, as they're now essentially six points back of the Lions (5-8) in the race for the West Division crossover spot with five games to go.

Winnipeg hosts B.C. on Thanksgiving Monday at Canad Inns Stadium.

The Bombers fell to 0-7 on the road and have now lost six games by four points or fewer. Winnipeg has lost eight in a row straight away from home dating back to last season.

Once again, the Bombers are left to wonder what could have been.

They took a 10-0 lead into the second half, but quarterback Steven Jyles threw up a deep prayer to Brock Ralph -- only to have it intercepted by David Hyland, who returned it to the 55-yard line.

The Lions turned it into seven points when a leaping Travis Lulay, who got the start over Casey Printers, launched himself over Jovon Johnson and into the end zone on a 10-yard score that cut Winnipeg's lead to 10-7.

After a Winnipeg two-and-out the Lions moved the ball once again but had to settle for McCallum's 40-yard field goal that made it a 10-10 game going into the fourth quarter.

After yet another two-and-out by the Bombers, Yonus Davis' 34-yard punt return led to McCallum's 39-yard field goal early in the fourth that gave the Lions a 13-10 lead, their first advantage of the game.

Winnipeg stopped B.C.'s momentum, getting into field goal range, but Palardy missed just his second field goal of the season at the worst possible time, whiffing from 29 yards out that resulted in a single and a 13-11 deficit.

Palardy's 26-yard field goal on Winnipeg's next drive put the visitors up 14-13, but his miss ended up costing his team big time.

The Bombers took a 10-0 lead with Palardy's 17-yard field goal midway through the first quarter, and Terrenced Edwards had a 58-yard touchdown catch after Deon Beasley forced Geroy Simon to fumble and Marcellus Bowman recovered.

Edwards and running back Fred Reid, who had 72 yards, both went over the 1,000 mark for receiving and rushing yards on the season, respectively.

Jyles completed 21 of 37 attempts for 258 yards, one touchdown and one pick.

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