Alouettes edge Riders to repeat as Grey Cup champs
EDMONTON, Alberta (Reuters) - The Montreal Alouettes won their second straight Grey Cup title on Sunday, handing the Saskatchewan Roughriders another heartbreaking loss in the Canadian Football League's championship game.
Montreal, who edged the Riders in last year's Grey Cup with a field goal on the final play, had a fourth-quarter rally and held off a late Saskatchewan surge for a dramatic 21-18 win.
With the victory, the Alouettes become the league's first back-to-back winners since the Toronto Argonauts in 1996-97.
Montreal's Avon Cobourne ran for two touchdowns and Anthony Calvillo, playing his eighth Grey Cup in 11 years, completed 29 passes for 336 yards then told the media he has a lesion on his thyroid and will require surgery.
"No matter what they find when they take out the lesion and take out basically half of my thyroid, whether they find something or not, I'll be ready to play football next year," Calvillo told reporters. "But, it's something that we're going to have to address as we figure out what's inside my throat."
A capacity crowd of over 63,000 that included Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper settled in as temperatures dipped toward minus-nine Celsius (15.8 Fahrenheit) for a game between two of the CFL's most successful teams over the last 10 years.
The Alouettes raced to an 8-0 lead but it was the Riders, who took an 11-8 advantage into halftime.
Neither team was able to produce much offense in the third, with a 22-yard Damon Duval field goal accounting for all the scoring to level score at 11-11 and set up a wild finish.
Duval put the Alouettes back in front early in the fourth nailing a 47-yard field goal before Calvillo produced some late magic hooking up with Jamel Richardson on a 37-yard pass that set up Cobourne's second touchdown. Continued...