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For the first time since 1989, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will meet in the Grey Cup.  Two premier pivots battle as Henry Burris looks to give Hamilton its first championship in 14 year while Darian Durant looks to lead the Green Riders to a storybook victory on home field.  The Ticats stunned the Toronto Argonauts in the Eastern Final Sunday with a 36-24 win while the Roughriders handled the Calgary Stampeders in the Western Final 35-13.

Willy up to the task in Week 5 win over Tiger-Cats
Drew Willy threw three touchdown passes, while Kory Sheets again eclipsed 100 yards as the Roughriders remain perfect thanks to a 32-20 win over the Ticats.
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Darian Durant was exceptional, completing 20 passes for 347 yards and 4 touchdowns, two to receiver Rob Bagg as the Riders beat the Ticats 37-0.
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Nye: Riders need to beware the underdog -  While the Riders will relish home-field advantage, CFL.ca's Jamie Nye says they should be cautious of a team that could enjoy the underdog title just as much. Home-grown Riders hoping for dream ending - For Saskatchewan-born Roughriders like Chris Getzlaf, Neal Hughes and Ben Heenan, Sunday's Grey Cup will hold a little bit more meaning, explains Jim Morris. McElveen goes from enemy to ally -  CFL.ca's Jim Morris explores the relationship between the Riders defence and a player that helped beat them twice in the Grey Cup. It took time for Jermaine McElveen to fit in.



Ground game could be key to Ticats offence -  While the bright lights directly on the starting quarterbacks, the battle on the ground and in the trenches may hold the key to victory says CFL.ca's Jeff Krever. Dunk: Dialing in on Ticats game plan - CFL.ca's Justin Dunk breaks down what Tiger-Cats head coach Kent Austin might be looking to accomplish against the Roughriders on game day. Ticats cautious of Durant's legs - The Ticats say they won’t go out of their way to stop Darian Durant from taking off on Sunday, because that’s just one aspect of the Roughriders’ offence.

 


 

Keys to the Game: Saskatchewan Roughriders - Riders quarterback Darian Durant knows what it takes to win in the playoffs, and is confident his team is ready for Sunday. Darian Durant 1-on-1 - Riders quarterback Darian Durant knows what it takes to win in the playoffs, and is confident his team is ready for Sunday. Corey Chamblin Pre-Game Press Conference - Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin meets with the media on Saturday leading into the 101st Grey Cup.



Keys to the Game: Hamilton Tiger-Cats -  Tiger-Cats quarterback Henry Burris has some experience playing in the Grey Cup, and feels that his team matches up well with Saskatchewan going into Sunday. Henry Burris 1-on-1 -  Tiger-Cats quarterback Henry Burris has some experience playing in the Grey Cup, and feels that his team matches up well with Saskatchewan going into Sunday. Kent Austin Pre-Game Press Conference - Tiger-Cats head coach Kent Austin met with the media on Saturday leading into the 101st Grey Cup.




Quarterbacks
Darian Durant has been on his game in these 101st Grey Cup Playoffs, completing 43 of his 53 passes for 550 yards and five touchdowns in two games. His counterpart in Hamilton has been on point as well, leading his offence to a pair of impressive wins over Division Rivals. Advantage: Saskatchewan

Receivers
Kory Sheets has been electric in the post-season, amassing 245 yards and a touchdown in two games. It’s safe to say his injured knee is a thing of the past. The Ticats, meanwhile, quietly earned over 100 yards in their Eastern Final win over the Argos, proving they can move the ball on the ground when required. Advantage: Saskatchewan

Running Game
Andy Fantuz was superb in Hamilton’s Division Final victory, and Greg Ellingson made his biggest impact since returning to the lineup from injury. But the Riders’ stable of pass catchers appear to be just too strong, with Weston Dressler, Taj Smith and a healthy Chris Getzlaf leading the charge. Advantage: Saskatchewan

Offensive Line
With the weather expected to be a factor on Sunday, the outcome could very well come down to how the big guys up front perform. That said, the Riders have a slight edge based how their ability to open up holes for Sheets. Advantage: Saskatchewan

Defensive Line
In two head-to-head matchups earlier this season, Saskatchewan registered 12 sacks against the Ticats. A lot has changed since then, as the Ticats have proven to a force in the trenches. Advantage: Saskatchewan

Linebackers
Hamilton’s trio of Simoni Lawrence, Brandon Isaac, and Jamall Johnson have proven to be among the league’s elite this post-season. The Roughriders, meanwhile, counter with an underrated group lead by Craig Butler, Weldon Brown and Mike McCullough. Advantage: Hamilton
 
Defensive Backs
Dee Webb, Emanuel Davis and Evan McCollough have stepped up when needed in the playoffs, headlined by their staunch second half performance against the Argonauts in the Eastern Final. The Riders counter with a group that helped knock Kevin Glenn out of the Western Final and kept Travis Lulay out of the endzone in the Semi-Final. Two dangerous units. Advantage: Hamilton

Special Teams
Everyone knows how vital special teams are in Grey Cup games, and these two teams both have the manpower to either kick a game winner or spark momentum with a big return. Advantage: Even
 

 

For Saskatchewan-born Roughriders like Chris Getzlaf, Neal Hughes and Ben Heenan, Sunday's Grey Cup will hold a little bit more meaning, explains Jim Morris.

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