There seem to be no shortage of fireworks when the BC Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers meet on a CFL football field. After 3 heart stopping meetings last season in the regular season and a playoff meeting that left fans wanting more, the first meeting of 2017 did not disappoint.
Both teams blew double digit leads in the game, as a result of a slow start the Bombers fell behind 20-7 midway though the 2nd quarter. With the Bombers searching for answers to a powerful Lions offence Matt Nichols engineered a drive which was capped off by a 17 yard touchdown grab by Clarence Denmark to cut the lions lead to 20-14. A 2 yard TD rush by Chris Rainey on the ensuing drive extended the Lions lead to 27-14.
The Bomber offence engineered a quick response before the half expired with Matt Nichols connecting with Darvin Adams on a 7 yard strike. This was the first of two TD connections for the duo- it also opened the flood gates for the Bombers which added 3 more unanswered touchdowns a 20 yard rushing TD by Nichols, a Darvin Adams 6 yard TD strike, followed by a defensive interception return by Kyle Knox who received a lateral pass to complete the touchdown giving the Bombers a 42-27 lead after 3 quarters.
Making this first start in place of the injured Jonathon Jennings, Lions quarterback Travis Lulay took advantage of a sputtering Bomber offence in the 4th quarter, to find Emmanuel Arceneaux for a 1o yard field touchdown to cut the Bombers lead down to 42-34.
A questionable third down fake punt from deep in their own end gifted the Lions a touchdown a few plays later capped off by a 14 yard QB rush from Travis Lulay. He then connected with Arceneaux again, this time on a two point convert to tie the game at 42.
Nichols would be picked off by the Lions while attempting to drive for the winning field goal- the Lions created 3 points thanks to a Ty Long 34 yard field goal.
The Bombers would drive into field goal range and set up Justin Medlock with a 50 field goal attempt with no time left in an effort to force overtime, however the kick wound up just short giving the Lions a 45-42 win.
More to come.