Bombers season in nutshell

Esks' Daniel Porter crosses the goal-line to score the winning touchdown in overtime over the...

Esks' Daniel Porter crosses the goal-line to score the winning touchdown in overtime over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Saturday. (QMI Agency/Jordan Verlage)

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

EDMONTON - The finish to this one was as wild as the rest of the game was dull.

Winnipeg found themselves on the short end of a 16-13 score to end a perfect portion of their season.

A defensive struggle devoid of regulation time touchdowns went into overtime when Winnipeg’s Justin Pelardy hit a 27-yard field goal with no time left.

After Pelardy hit a 38-yarder on the Bombers first possession, the Eskimos put it away when running back Daniel Porter ran in the ball from 11 yards out, the only time either team found the end zone.

“We moved the ball, but you’ve got to get more points than we did,” said Winnipeg head coach Paul LaPolice, who unleashed on his team’s lack of discipline.

“We gave that game away. They had two drives that were all penalties. We can’t do that. If guys want to do that and be selfish, they can’t play for us.”

Reruns of this game will be used for decades as a cure for insomnia.

Even though the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have had a lock on snooze control for most of this season, the Edmonton Eskimos must have figured they may as well sleepwalk along.

In this one, Winnipeg never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

The Bombers remained winless on the road for the first time since 1998, the second year of the dismal Jeff Reinebold era.

Winnipeg had plenty of chances to put the game away against a more-than-generous Eskimos offence.

They had four interceptions against Eskimos starter Jared Zabransky, one third-down stuff and a troika of sacks.

“It’s always disappointing when you come out on the losing end of the game,” said Bombers defensive back Jonathan Hefney, who had two of the four interceptions.

“We just didn’t get the result.

“We knew (Zabransky) could run the ball, but we weren’t sure he could pass it.”

Jovan Johnson and Ian Logan got the other two picks.

“When you take the ball away five times, you should be able to move the football,” said LaPolice.

A 4-4 half-time score accurately reflected both team’s offensive struggles with young quarterbacks at the helm.

The Bombers had their best chance when they had a first down on Edmonton’s five early in the second quarter.

That opportunity ended three plays later when the Eskimos defence stuffed Elliott on a quarterback sneak from the one.

“That’s our season ... we were one yard away,” said Elliott. “I’ve just got to get lower, I guess. We had a chance at the end of the game to drive it down the field and we wouldn’t have had to go into overtime.”

Fred Reid broke the game’s biggest play when he busted up the right side for a 56-yard gain.

“We couldn’t capitalize, came up short again,” said Reid, who finished with 93 yards on 12 carries. “We have to learn how to finish.

“The opportunities were there. We got stopped on the goal line, we got stopped on a couple of third and shorts. There’s no excuse for that like young quarterbacks. We’ve just got to execute.”

That set up a 46-yard Palardy field goal and a 7-4 lead.

“We can’t go two-and-out after a play like that,” said Elliott.

This season, the Bombers are making an art form out of falling short.


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