Blue Bombers earn CFL playoff spot with 26-16 victory over Elks

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Zach Collaros threw 2 touchdown passes arsenic the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Edmonton Elks 26-16 connected Friday nighttime to go the archetypal CFL squad to clinch a playoff berth.

Winnipeg (9-1) captured its seventh consecutive triumph and improved to 7-0 wrong the West Division. Collaros finished 15-of-24 passing for 210 yards with an interception to stay the CFL’s passing person (2,565 yards) but is besides tops successful TD passes with 15.

This marks the 5th consecutive play that Winnipeg, the defending Grey Cup champion, has made the playoffs.

Edmonton (2-7) suffered its 5th consecutive nonaccomplishment and dropped to 0-5 astatine location this season.

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Edmonton’s defence forced a information astatine 9:31 of the archetypal quarter, past came up large 5 minutes aboriginal arsenic Trumaine Washington intercepted Collaros successful the extremity zone. The Bombers closed retired the opening 4th with a 37-yard Ali Mourtada tract goal.

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The Elks responded with Sean Whyte’s 34-yard tract extremity astatine 11:22 of the second.

Winnipeg took the pb with 3 minutes near successful the archetypal fractional arsenic a 47-yard completion to Kenny Lawler acceptable up Collaros’s five-yard TD onslaught to Andrew Harris. But Harris appeared to endure an wounded to his close genu and did not instrumentality arsenic Brady Oliveira finished up with 105 yards rushing connected 16 carries.

Whyte kicked a 25-yard tract chopped Winnipeg’s half-time pb to 10-8.

Mourtada converted from 27 and a career-high 43 yards to commencement the third. Edmonton tied it 16-16 connected Taylor Cornelius’s 11-yard TD flip to Shai Ross. Backup backmost Dakota Prukop added the two-point convert.

Rookie Cornelius got the commencement arsenic incumbent Trevor Harris was a steadfast scratch.

Moments aft Elks defender Aaron Grymes couldn’t bent connected to an casual interception opportunity, Collaros deed Rasheed Bailey connected a 48-yard completion earlier uncovering him connected a five-yard scoring onslaught six minutes into the fourth.

Mourtada cemented the triumph with a 23-yard tract extremity with 50 seconds remaining.

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Winnipeg hosts the B.C. Lions adjacent Saturday portion Edmonton has a bye week earlier returning location against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats connected Oct. 29.

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