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Recap: Montreal 11, Winnipeg 19
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WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers closed out Canad Inns Stadium in style, downing the East Division-winning Montreal Alouettes 19-11 on Saturday afternoon.

In a game that saw little action on the offensive side of the ball, it was Bombers third-string pivot Justin Goltz who stole the show, completing three of his five passes for 30 yards, while adding 32 more yards and a touchdown on six carries in less than a full quarter of action.

Goltz took over from Alex Brink in the fourth quarter, after the latter threw for 144 yards and an interception.

Brink was starting in place of the injured Buck Pierce and Joey Elliott.

The Als also went with their backup this afternoon, handing Adrian McPherson the ball for his first start since 2010.

The decision to name McPherson Week 19's starter was made earlier this week, as Head Coach Marc Trestman chose to give starter Anthony Calvillo an extra week off in preparation of the Eastern Final which is just two weeks away.

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McPherson came into the game having thrown just five passes all season, one of which was a touchdown.

On his first drive, McPherson nearly matched his season total, throwing three passes – two of which found the hands of Jamel Richardson and SJ Green for first downs.

However, the drive would eventually stall, with the Als being forced to settle for a 17-yard field goal by Sean Whyte.

Brink’s first drive wouldn’t breed the same results as McPherson’s, as he played to a quick two-and-out, throwing just one pass in the process.

The 27-year-old entered today’s outing hoping to prove to Head Coach Tim Burke and GM Joe Mack that he is worthy of a roster spot in 2013.

McPherson continued to roll on his second possession, as he displayed a solid mix of arm strength and the speed out of the pocket that he’s become known for throughout his five years in the league.

The Florida native orchestrated an 11-play, 73-yard drive, in which he completed three passes for 41 yards and registered 16 yards on three carries, the last of which he took five yards into the endzone for the game’s first touchdown.

It was McPherson’s ninth rushing touchdown of the season, which is good enough for third in the league.

But Brink and the Bombers would eventually settle down.

With the second quarter barely underway, Brink would lead the Blue and Gold offence into Montreal territory by completing five of his next six passes for a total of 57 yards.

However, the Als defence stood tall and kept Winnipeg out of the endzone, as the Bombers settled for a 24-yard field goal by Justin Palardy.

Palardy has been nothing short of automatic for the Bombers in their last seven games, as he’s connected on his last 13 field goal attempts.

However, Palardy's streak would soon come to an end, as the Bombers would eventually tack on two single points prior to the end of the half, with Palardy missing a 49-yard field goal attempt, while punter Mike Renaud cut Montreal's lead to just five with a 45-yard Rouge.

McPherson finished the half with respectable numbers, completing seven of his 11 passes for 93 yards, while adding on 42 more yards and a TD on six carries. Brink, meanwhile, completed 11 of his 15 passes for 117 yards.

The second half got underway with both offences failing to generate much traction with the ball.

Momentum seemed to be at a standstill, as regardless of what the defences were able to accomplish, the offences weren’t able to translate them into results.

But a 42-yard punt return by Jovon Johnson would set the Bombers up at Montreal’s 40 yard line with a fresh set of downs.

However, the offensive blackout would continue, as the Blue and Gold were unable to produce a first down, opting to send out Palardy for a 41-yard field goal, cutting the Als’ lead to two in the process.
 
The Als would extend their lead to a field goal, however, as Whyte's 53-yard punt would bounce into the endzone, with the Bombers recovering it in the endzone and failing to run it out.

In the early stages of the fourth quarter, special teams would continue to take centre stage.

Hoping to give the Bombers offence a surge of momentum, Johnson would again turn a Whyte offering into a big gain, returning it 70 yards inside Montreal's 10-yard line.

With Goltz now under centre for Winnipeg, the Bombers would take their first lead of the game, as the 25-year-old would pick up the Montreal blitz and take it himself up the middle for a six-yard touchdown.

From then on, it was all Winnipeg, as the Montreal offence continued to have trouble on the offensive side of the ball.

After Palardy split the uprights for the third time of the afternoon to extend the Bombers' lead to a touchdown, Goltz would do his best to keep the Als offence off the field, taking two minutes off the clock on what would be his final drive of the afternoon.

Following another single by Renaud to give the Bombers an eight-point lead, the Als offence took over with just 27 seconds left.

McPherson, however, would be unable to generate much traction, giving the Bombers and their fans one final win at Canad Inns Stadium.

Fan Comments
tabbiefanmcb
Way to go Als!
November 03, 2012 - 9:48pm
als rule
your attitude is of a fan finishing last in a 8 team league!! don't be bitter!!
November 04, 2012 - 3:08pm
als rule
TFmcb: sorry that's your congrats!! as hard as it was/is for you to do so THANK YOU!! don't give up on your cats their better for going thru this and the proof will be in the pudding next year!!
November 05, 2012 - 9:15am
 
gobombersgo
this'll be montreals last year to have a serious chance at another grey cup for awhile especially if this is calvillo's last year. the east looks bad enough but its gonna look a whole lot worse when calvillo retires
November 03, 2012 - 9:40pm
als rule
another one hoping and praying!!
November 04, 2012 - 3:06pm
 
tabbies rule
The birdies don't play old man calvillo, the birdies lose. Pay attention Als, this is what you're going to see a lot of when the old man retires! LOLOL!
November 03, 2012 - 8:32pm
als rule
keep hoping and praying!! and get out there and find a stadium for your cats next season!! STANDING WISE THE HAMILTON TICATS FINISH AS THE CFL'S WORSE TEAM IN 2012!! yet TFmcb still hasn't acknowledged that dispite his season opening prediction of cats 1st and als last he still refuses to admit his error and congrats to the als on their 1st place finish in the eastern conference!! as TFmcb said no way the east final game will be played in montreal at the BIG O!! oh wrong again!! LOL LOL LOL
November 04, 2012 - 3:04pm
 
waveman
just goes to show you how bad montreal is going to be in 2 yrs sans calvillo, they'll draw flies unless they start thinking about the next guy. I never realized just how much they lean on calvillo. we'll also see what trestman is made of since he'll actually have to coach, not like inheriting the best team.
November 03, 2012 - 6:53pm
als rule
don't agree BUT if that's what you think then we'll just have to sign quinton porter as a FA signing!! thanx!!
November 03, 2012 - 10:16pm
GoTi-Cats
Quinton Porter??? You've got to be kidding.
November 04, 2012 - 12:13am
Tabbies4TW
I know Hamilton dropped the ball on Calvillo, but if you think for a second Porter will even come close to Calvillo, then go ahead. See what you get. This should be good.
November 04, 2012 - 8:19am
 
GoTi-Cats
If this was supposed to be McPherson's chance to showcase his ability as a starter, he didn't rise to the occasion. He wasn't awful, but he wasn't very good either. The Als will be better off with AC back for another year if this is a legitimate sample of McPherson's capabilities.
November 03, 2012 - 6:18pm
als rule
the als brain thrust knew/know adrain's pluses and minuses way before he took a snap today so as far as an audition get real!!
November 03, 2012 - 10:21pm
GoTi-Cats
The comment has been made on tv that if AC comes back, McPherson might be looking to move when his contract is up so that he can start somewhere. He's not getting any younger and he's probably learned as much as he's going to from AC. Can't blame the guy for trying to find a starting job.
November 04, 2012 - 12:46am
als rule
like I didn't know that was said on TV BUT who says that's true other then the media?
November 04, 2012 - 2:44pm