The Grey Cup is going to Toronto.
Lirim Hajrullahu’s 32-yard field goal with 53 seconds remaining earned the Toronto Argonauts a stunning 27-24 win over Calgary on a snowy Sunday night. It marked the second straight year the Stampeders had posted a CFL-best record during the regular season, only to be upset in the biggest game of the year.
Calgary got the ball back and had it inside the Toronto 25 with time ticking down, but instead of opting for a game-tying field goal attempt, quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell went for the win. His pass into the endzone was intercepted by Matt Black giving Toronto its first Grey Cup since the 2012 season and handing the Stampeders a second straight tough Grey Cup defeat after being the top team in the regular season.
The Argos also had two big 100 plus yard plays to register the win.
In the first half, receiver DeVier Posey hauled in a 100 yard TD pass from Ricky Ray. Posey was named the game’s MVP after a 7 catch, 102 yard performance.
Late in the second half, it looked as if the Stampeders were ready to put the dagger into Toronto , but Kamar Jorden fumbled with defensive back Cassius Vaughn scooping it up and running 109 yards for a touchdown. That was followed by a two-point convert to tie the game setting the stage for Hajrullahu’s heroics.
At halftime, two full-sized snowplows helped clear the field prior to country star Shania Twain’s performance. The multiple Grammy Award winner arrived on a dog sled before starting her snowy three-song set.
The winter wonderland evoked memories of the ’96 Snow Bowl in Hamilton, a game that saw Toronto beat Edmonton 43-37 in blizzard-like conditions.