Grey Cup 108 Recap: Bombers Defeat Ti-Cats 33-25 in Overtime Thriller
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Sunday, December 12, 2021
The wind might've been the MOP of this game, influencing strategy on both sides.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats hosted the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the big game; a rematch of the 2019 Grey Cup.
Despite the final score, the first quarter only featured 4 total points. An early Castillo field goal and then a single on a punt gave Winnipeg a slim lead heading into the second frame.
The third play of the second quarter saw another 3 points added to the scoreboard for the visiting Bombers.
Hamilton QB Dane Evans went down with an injury two Hamilton drives later. Evans had taken off on a scramble and taken some awkward contact. Evans would not return.
Jeremiah Masoli would enter the game and lead the Tabbies to their first points of the game; a 13-yard Domagala field goal.
Masoli wouldn't stop there. The ball would change hands a couple of times before the Ti-Cats got the ball back and drove down for a 12-yard Steven Dunbar receiving score to take a 10-7 lead into the half.
The Arkells came out with friends the Lumineers and others for the halftime show before our game got resumed with Hamilton receiving to start the third quarter.
A quick 2-and-out sent the ball back to Winnipeg. Castillo would hit another field goal to tie things up.
Hamilton would go 2-and-out once again. It felt as though momentum was beginning to slip away and into the Bombers' favour. That was the case until Kameron Kelly jumped a Zach Collaros pass for an interception that he would return 47 yards.
A few plays and an 11-yard Brandon Banks touchdown later and the Ti-Cats were ahead 17-0.
Just two Winnipeg plays later and Kelly would do it again. Another jumped route for an interception.
Hamilton wouldn't score, but momentum was all in their favour.
Liegghio conceded a safety to gift Hamilton another couple of points near the end of the quarter to give the 'Cats a 19-10 lead entering the final 15 minutes.
The safety return would get Hamilton near midfield and eventually lead to a 10-yard field goal.
Not to be completely outdone in the kicking department, Castillo added another 3 to get to 22-13.
A quick Hamilton 2-and-out gave the Bombers the ball back and they capitalized. Collaros found Demski for a score from 29-yards out, added a kick, and then a single on the ensuing kickoff to pull within a single point.
Leading 22-21, momentum was all but removed from Hamilton's sideline thanks to another punt.
Winnipeg drove back down for another Castillo kick to 24-22.
A curious decision was then made to concede a single on the ensuing kickoff, giving Hamilton a 3-point deficit and just under 2 minutes on the clock.
Masoli came out slinging. The Tabbies drove right down the field, getting to the Winnipeg 6, but settled for the 3 and went to overtime.
Winnipeg began with the ball and started their drive with a heavy dose of Andrew Harris. Harris drove Winnipeg down to the 13-yard line before Darvin Adams got loose for a score and Rasheed Bailey caught a 2-point convert.
Hamilton began moving the wrong way thanks to a holding penalty. A short gain on the 1st and 20 set up a 2nd and long. Kyrie Wilson then put the game on ice with an interception after the ball was bobbled several times. Masoli's interception would end the game and crown the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as back-to-back Grey Cup champions.