November 3, 2012
Bombers beat Alouettes in final game at Canad Inns Stadium
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers closed out Canad Inns Stadium in style.
One year after winning the East Final over Hamilton in what was supposed to be the last game, the Blue and Gold erased a 10-0 first quarter deficit and defeated the Montreal Alouettes 19-11 in the last game at the 60-year-old facility.
The game didnít mean anything as it pertains to the CFL playoffs. The Bombers finished out of the post-season with a 6-12 record, while the Als fell to 11-7 but had wrapped up first place in the East Division two weeks ago.
Thanks to the victory, the Bombers didnít finish last overall in the league. Hamilton was also 6-12 but lost the season series to Winnipeg, so the Ticats own the first overall pick in next yearís draft.
The Bombers trailed 11-8 going into the fourth quarter, but Justin Goltz scored a six-yard touchdown run with 11 minutes to go after Jovon Johnsonís 70-yard punt return to Montrealís nine-yard line.
Justin Palardy then booted a 38-yard field goal with 7:09 to go to improve to 3-for-4 on the day. As a result, he tied his franchise record for single-season field goal accuracy at 86.7%.
Mike Renaud booted a punt single in the final minute, and Montrealís game-tying drive stalled at its own 49-yard line.
After the game, former and current Bombers took part in a closing ceremony to say goodbye to Canad Inns Stadium. They will move into the $190 million Investors Group Field next year.
The Alouettes settled for a 17-yard field goal from Sean Whyte on Montrealís first possession, and backup quarterback Adrian McPherson, who is getting the start in place of a resting Anthony Calvillo, scored a touchdown on a five-yard saunter later in the frame.
The Bombers were outscored 145-45 in the first quarter this season.
Justin Palardy booted a 24-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter to get Winnipeg to within a touchdown, but he missed a 48-yarder a few minutes later that dropped his season field goal accuracy to 86%.
The Bombers also picked up a point when a Renaud punt trickled into the end zone midway through the second quarter.
Alex Brink, who made his fourth start of the season, completed 17 of 26 attempts for 173 yards and an interception. McPherson was good on 17 of 25 passes for 193 yards. He also had 13 carries for 102 yards on the ground.
The official attendance for the final game at Canad Inns was 26,807, although there are a couple thousand fewer than that actually in the park.
The only scoring in the third quarter was on Palardyís 41-yarder that improved his accuracy to 86.4% and a Whyte punt single on the final play of the frame.
The Bombers lost Chris Matthews to a suspected head injury, while linebacker Marcellus Bowman left with what appeared to be an ankle problem.