The Toronto Argonauts are now just one game away from lifting the coveted Grey Cup trophy. The newly crowned Easter Conference champions gave it their all this afternoon, surviving a late comeback by a determined Saskatchewan Roughriders team. It was a dramatic event right down to the last minute and it eventually secured the Argos an appearance in next Sunday's big game against the Calgary Stampeders.
Up 18-3 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Argos looked poised for victory, but the scrappy Riders weren't going down without a fight. Toronto native, Brandon Bridge, took over as Saskatchewan quarterback in the fourth and helped his team pull to an impressive 21-18 lead with just three minutes of play.
Saskatchewan's comeback made the hometown crowd at BMO Field justifiably nervous until Toronto's Ricky Ray took control. In what was likely his penultimate game in the CFL, the 38-year-old veteran led a game-winning drive for the Argos in the dying seconds of the game. Speaking with the Canadian Press after the match, an excited Ray was at a loss for words. "To be put in that situation and see the guys go out and execute really well…and go down and score, it feels awesome right now. It feels really awesome."
As previously mentioned, the Argos will now have to take on a competent Stampeders squad next weekend in order to win it all. This will be Toronto's first Grey Cup match since 2012, when they beat Calgary 35-22 at Rogers Centre. The 105th Grey Cup is set to go down this Sunday at 6:00pm and will be broadcast nationally on TSN. In the meantime, you can check out today's winning play below via Twitter.