Jonathon Jennings threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Emmanuel Arceneaux, as the B.C. Lions defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders 41-18 on Saturday in the CFL’s regular-season finale.
Jennings connected with Terrell Sinkfield on his other TD completion for the Lions (12-6), who locked up their first home playoff game since the 2011 Grey Cup and will host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers next Sunday in the West Division semifinal.
Paul McCallum was perfect on four field goals and two converts for B.C. after coming out of retirement on Tuesday at age 46. Travis Lulay added a TD toss to Bryan Burham in mop-up duty for the Lions.
Brandon Bridge and Greg Morris ran in touchdowns for Saskatchewan, while Tyler Crapigna kicked a field goal, a single and two converts for Saskatchewan.
Winnipeg (11-7), which owned the tiebreaker over B.C. after winning both games between the clubs this season, put the pressure on the Lions to either win or tie the Roughriders on Saturday in order to secure home field after posting a 33-20 victory over the Ottawa Redblacks in the nation’s capital on Friday.
A victory by the lowly Roughriders (5-13), who lost three straight to close out the season, would have meant B.C. getting on a plane to play at Winnipeg next weekend.
The Roughriders elected to sit starting quarterback Darian Durant because of some bumps and bruises, while Jake Waters, who split time under centre last week, missed out with a broken collarbone. That meant Saskatchewan dressed a trio of backups in Mitchell Gale, G.J. Kinne and Bridge.