Bombers ready for Ticats

Clarence Denmark celebrates his first-half touchdown in the Bombers second win over the Ticats....

Clarence Denmark celebrates his first-half touchdown in the Bombers second win over the Ticats. Winnipeg won all three contests against Hamilton this year. (FRED GREENSLADE/Reuters files)

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:31 AM ET

Obby Khan believes it’s a good thing the Hamilton Tiger-Cats put up 52 points on Sunday in Montreal.

The Tiger-Cats produced a 52-44 overtime victory over the two-time defending champion Alouettes in Sunday’s East semifinal and will visit the first-place Bombers next Sunday in the East final. The winner will advance to the Grey Cup a week later in Vancouver.

In a strange way, Khan feels Hamilton’s offensive outburst could be a good thing for the Blue and Gold.

“It’s definitely going to pose some challenges for our defence, and I think it’s going to pose some challenges for their offence,” Khan said. “It looked like there were breakdowns everywhere in the Montreal secondary that allowed them to score so many points. That being said, if we eliminate those breakdowns and play our game, it might bite them in the butt — meaning that they might get frustrated and they might not be able to understand how they put up 52 points last week but can’t put up that many points again.

“I think it actually works to our advantage that they put up so many points. And Montreal putting up so many points will hopefully show us some holes in their defence that we can exploit as well.”

The Bombers won all three meetings with the Tiger-Cats this season, winning by scores of 24-16, 30-27 and 33-17, but Khan said that doesn’t mean much.

“I wouldn’t say it’s great we’re playing a team we beat every time,” Khan said. “It’s the playoffs, right? Anyone can win. It’s nice that we have beaten them so we have that confidence going into the game, but if we don’t win our A game we’re not going to come out of there with the win.

“We gotta play like everything’s on the line, and everything is on the line. Throw the regular season out the window.”

Khan and several of his teammates got together at the Bomber office on Sunday afternoon to watch the East semifinal, but they couldn’t figure out which team they wanted to face.

“The overall consensus was we didn’t care who won,” he said. “We just wanted to know who we were playing. That being said, it would’ve been nice to play Montreal. They are the defending champs, so Hamilton had the pleasure of knocking them out.

“Hopefully we’ll have the pleasure of knocking Hamilton out.”

There will be a couple of interesting story lines in the East final.

The Ticats are led by former Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn, who knocked Winnipeg out of playoff contention in 2009 and will be looking for revenge once again.

Another involves another former Winnipeg pivot.

Hamilton’s offensive co-ordinator is Khari Jones, who guided the Bombers to a win the last time they hosted the East final. Jones was under centre when the Bombers beat the Tiger-Cats 28-13 in 2001.

“I’m sure our fans will give them a really warm welcome, 30,000 strong again,” Khan said. “It’s going to be a different atmosphere for them to play in.”

The Bombers have sold more than 28,000 tickets to Sunday’s game, which will be the last at Canad Inns Stadium.


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