1996 Toronto Argonauts season

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1996 Toronto Argonauts season
Toronto Argonauts logo
Head coach Don Matthews[1]
Home field SkyDome[2]
Results
Record 15–3–0
Division place 1st, East
Playoff finish Won 84th Grey Cup
Timeline
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< 1995 1997 >

The 1996 Toronto Argonauts season was the 107th season for the team since the franchise's inception in 1873. The team finished in first place in the East Division with a 15–3–0 record and qualified for the playoffs after missing out during the previous season when they finished 4-14-0. The 11 win improvement was the greatest single-season turnaround in franchise history and the team's 15 regular season wins was the most ever recorded by an Argonaut team. In the playoffs, the Argonauts defeated the newly relocated Montreal Alouettes in the Eastern Final and qualified for the 84th Grey Cup. Toronto defeated the Edmonton Eskimos by a score of 43-37, the second highest scoring Grey Cup game in history, and won their 13th Grey Cup championship.

Offseason[edit]

CFL Draft[edit]

Rd Pick Player Position School
1 2 Kelly Wiltshire CB James Madison
3 20 L.J. Eiben WR Humboldt State
4 36 Tom Hipsz DE Toronto
6 46 Tim Biakabutuka RB Michigan
7 55 Craig Poole WR Windsor

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Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Location Final Score Attendance Record
A June 13 Tiger-Cats SkyDome L 37 – 27 13,228 0–1
B June 24 @ Rough Riders Frank Clair Stadium W 34 – 6 14,024 1–1

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Regular season[edit]

Season Standings[edit]

East Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Toronto Argonauts 18 15 3 0 556 359 30
Montreal Alouettes 18 12 6 0 536 467 24
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18 8 10 0 426 576 16
Ottawa Rough Riders 18 3 15 0 352 524 6

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Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Location Final Score Attendance Record
1 June 27 @ Alouettes Olympic Stadium W 27 – 24 24,653 1–0
2 July 4 Tiger-Cats SkyDome L 38 – 36 26,333 1–1
3 July 11 @ Blue Bombers Canad Inns Stadium W 35 – 14 24,882 2–1
4 July 17 Rough Riders SkyDome W 34 – 4 17,288 3–1
5 July 26 @ Roughriders Taylor Field W 40 – 16 24,902 4–1
6 August 1 Alouettes SkyDome W 40 – 31 20,302 5–1
7 August 8 Eskimos SkyDome W 24 – 21 20,030 6–1
8 August 15 @ Rough Riders Frank Clair Stadium W 42 – 19 15,220 7–1
9 August 24 Rough Riders SkyDome W 28 – 21 17,186 8–1
10 September 2 @ Tiger-Cats Ivor Wynne Stadium W 38 – 7 27,517 9–1
11 September 8 Roughriders SkyDome W 31 – 13 17,576 10–1
12 September 14 @ Lions BC Place Stadium L 35 – 11 15,323 10–2
13 September 21 Stampeders SkyDome W 23 – 22 27,209 11–2
14 Bye
15 October 5 Blue Bombers SkyDome W 28 – 12 17,310 12–2
16 October 14 @ Stampeders McMahon Stadium L 30 – 23 27,346 12–3
17 October 20 @ Eskimos Commonwealth Stadium W 24 – 17 27,567 13–3
18 October 27 Lions SkyDome W 25 – 21 20,657 14–3
19 November 2 @ Tiger-Cats Ivor Wynne Stadium W 47 – 14 23,001 15–3

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Postseason[edit]

Round Date Opponent Location Final Score Attendance
East Final November 17 Alouettes SkyDome W 43–7 28,390
Grey Cup November 24 Eskimos Ivor Wynne Stadium W 43–37 38,595

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Awards and records[edit]

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1996 CFL All-Stars[edit]

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Toronto Argonauts Stadium History". Toronto Argonauts. Archived from the original on 22 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  3. ^ "All-Time Draft List". Toronto Argonauts. Archived from the original on 22 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  4. ^ a b c "1996 Toronto Argonauts". Pro Football Archives. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  5. ^ "1996 Regular Season Standings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  6. ^ "Most Outstanding Player". Canadian Football League. Archived from the original on 22 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  7. ^ "Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman". Canadian Football League. Archived from the original on 22 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  8. ^ a b 2010 Toronto Argonauts Media Guide. Toronto Argonauts. 2010. p. 168. Archived from the original on 30 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-07.