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MONTREAL -- After a record regular season, Chad Owens continues to break new ground.

The Toronto speedster set a team playoff record with 207 yards receiving Sunday as the Argos overcame a slow start to defeat the Montreal Alouettes 27-20 and book their ticket to the 100th Grey Cup in their home stadium.

Owens added another 139 yards in returns for a total of 346 total yards on the day. Montreal's total team offence was 394 yards.

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"They say you feel like you get in a zone. I definitely felt like I got into some kind of zone,'' said the receiver-kick returner, who is the East's finalist for Most Outstanding Player.

"I just didn't feel like I was going to get stopped,'' he added.

How important was the five-foot-eight, 180-pound Flyin' Hawaiian?

When Toronto pulled even at 17-17 in the third quarter on a four-play drive that started at the Argo nine-yard line, Owens accounted for 97 of the 101 yards in two plays.

He pulled in a pass for 27 yards and, two plays later, hauled in another for 70 yards.

"He was hot and when a guy gets hot, you try to keep feeding him,'' said Toronto coach Scott Milanovich. "He just had that look in his eye. I had to calm him down actually at halftime. He just knew he was going to make the play. He was ready for this game.''

Owens set a pro football record this season by collecting 3,863 all-purpose yards. He led the league in receiving yards (1,328) and combined return yards (2,510).

Last week, in a 42-26 win over Edmonton in the East semifinal, Owens had just 14 yards in pass receiving but added 157 yards in returns.

The Argos last reached the Grey Cup in 2004, when they beat B.C.
27-19. Since then, the Alouettes have reached the CFL championship game five times, winning twice.

"It means everything,'' Owens said of making the championship game. "Every team in the league, Day One of training camp, this is the goal. And we're going to have an opportunity next week to attain that.''

Running back Chad Kackert was another playmaker for the Argos, rushing 13 times for 139 yards.

"He's strong, powerful, under-rated in my opinion,'' said Owens. "But tonight he came out.

"If you didn't know about Chad Kackert, now you know.''

Milanovich also credited Kackert's blocking, noting a key block to save quarterback Ricky Ray from an early blitz.

"He's been an awesome player for us,'' he said. "He needs to do it one more week.''

Ray praised his playmakers.

"We had some huge plays. That helps out a lot. When you can throw a five-yard pass and the guy takes it all the way down I don't know how many yards but gives you an opportunity to score. And Chad Kackert, just a simple handoff and you give him a crease and he changes field position or takes it to the house. Those are big plays for us.''

Fan Comments
tabbiefanmcb
Montreal let a game changer like Owens get away - and he has flourished! Too bad that move came back to bite them. Pretty awesome when one player puts up almost as many yards as the other team's total offense. MOP for Owens should be a foregone conclusion after Sunday's performance.
November 19, 2012 - 12:27pm
 
cflfanatic
This is huge for the city of Toronto. Attendance has been up quite a bit this year, and I bet it'll go WAY up next year. I'll be one of the 55,000 fans screaming my head off and cheering on my Argos as they crush Calgary next week! AAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGOOOOOOOOOOSS!!!!!!!
November 19, 2012 - 11:46am
 
als rule
the better team won today!! the alouettes should never have been in the east final due to for the 2nd year in a row the shine has come off HC trestman's apple as his defence was no better this season then last year or it might have been worse!! BYE BYE RHINEBOLD!! congrats argos the better team today no question!!
November 18, 2012 - 8:31pm
tony
you got that right, the better team won. Trestman got schooled by his understudy. Congrats Milanovich and the Argos, you deserve it.
November 19, 2012 - 10:59am