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The Lions and Stampeders met on three occasions during the 2012 regular season, with the Lions winning two of three matchups by a combined 82-71 margin. BC won the first two meetings of the season, while the Stamps sent a late-season message with a convincing 41-21 win on home soil in Week 18.

Canadians Foster and Harris team up for Lions win
Travis Lulay threw a pair of touchdown passes to Andrew Harris, and another to Akeem Foster, as the Lions rolled to a 34-8 victory over the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium.

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Travis Lulay threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes, while Andrew Harris had 125 yards from scrimmage as the Lions held off a late surge to win 27-22.
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Blazing Start: Big first half enough to will Stamps to win
The Calgary Stampeders started the game with 34 unanswered points and barely looked back after that, walking away with a 41-21 home win over the BC Lions.
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Glenn: "We've overcome a lot" - After an eventful week, Calgary Stampeders quarterback Kevin Glenn is thankful to finally be able to concentrate on football. Stephen: Stamps no stranger to adversity - Amid everything that has taken place at McMahon Stadium this week, it is easy to overlook the fact there is a game to prepare for, says CFL.ca's Mark Stephen. Simpson doubtful for Western Final - Friday, Stampeders Head Coach and GM John Hufnagel announced that veteran middle LB Juwan Simpson is doubtful for Sunday's Western Final vs. the BC Lions.



Morris: Lions won't rest on previous success vs. Stamps - Despite leading the league in rushing, Jon Cornish has yet to rush for over 90 yards against the Lions this season; a stat that means very little to the BC defenders. Morris: Bruce, Simon put team first -  As CFL.ca's Jim Morris explains, a pair of veteran BC Lions receivers have been doing their part to ensure the Lions don't miss a beat. Lions wary of Glenn's veteran savvy - On the heels of the announcement that Kevin Glenn will start for the Stampeders in the Western Final, the BC Lions are taking a cautious approach to the veteran QB.

 


 

Kevin Glenn Post-Practice Comments - Stampeders quarterback Kevin Glenn spoke to the media after practice on Friday and talked about getting ready for Sunday's game against the Lions.  Simpson Doubtful, Mayo Ready to Play - Calgary's starting middle linebacker Juwan Simpson is doubtful for Sunday's game with a nagging ankle injury. But the Stampeders are confident in their backup Deron Mayo. Tate Comments on Season-Ending Injury -  Calgary quarterback Drew Tate reacts to his season-ending forearm fracture that will keep him out of the Western Final this Sunday.



Lions Vets Getting Healthy at Right Time - Veteran receivers Geroy Simon and Arland Bruce III are getting healthy at just the right time for the BC Lions as they get ready for the Western Final. Travis Lulay 1-on-1 - Lions quarterback Travis Lulay spoke to CFL.ca about him and the rest of the offence getting healthy and getting ready to go for this Sunday's Western Final against Calgary. Lions Ready for Jon Cornish - Adam Bighill and the rest of the BC Lions defence is ready and waiting to take on Jon Cornish and the Calgary run game this Sunday in the Western Final.




Quarterbacks
Drew Tate's injury is a big blow to the Stamps' cause on offence. Kevin Glenn will get the start under centre. In BC, a healthy and rested Travis Lulay will be looking to continue and improve upon his post-season success from one year ago. Advantage: BC

Receivers
Both Maurice Price and Romby Bryant eclipsed the century barrier in the Division Semi-Final, making up for Nik Lewis' modest four receptions for 28 yards. The Lions, meanwhile, boast one of the deepest and talented receiving corps in the league, led by veteran Geroy Simon.Advantage: BC

Running Game
The most intriguing matchup of the Western Final can be found in the two offensive backfields, where Canadians Jon Cornish and Andrew Harris cemented their place among the CFL's elite during the 2012 regular season. Advantage: Even

Defensive Line
Keron Williams and Khreem Smith combined for 19 sacks during the regular season, while the Stamps D-Line managed to register just one sack against a Saskatchewan O-Line that allowed 43 during the regular season in the Western Semi-Final.  Advantage: BC

Linebackers
BC middle linebacker Adam Bighill enters the Western Final with a bit of a chip on his shoulder, and is surrounded by a myriad of mean and hard-hitting teammates. The Stamps are led by the likes of Malik Jackson and Juwan Simpson, who registered a team-high 5 tackles in the Western Semi-Final. Advantage: BC
 
Defensive Backs
Entering the 2012 regular season, BC's defensive backs were being touted as one of the best to ever be assembled. It's interesting to note, however, that the Stamps registered just one fewer interception than the Lions (18-17). But the Lions lead the league in average yards against per game, and have far too many ball-hawks that can't be ignored. Advantage: BC


Special Teams
Rene Paredes' worth was proven in a big way during the Western Semi-Final, while returned Larry Taylor put up impressive numbers as well. The Lions boast the West Division's Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in Tim Brown, and the always-dangerous Paul McCallum. Advantage: Calgary

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