The Edmonton Eskimos went out in front 21-0 before hanging on to their 11th Grey Cup title. The Blue Bombers cut their deficit to 24-20 in the fourth quarter before yielding to defeat again.
Winnipeg miscues in the first quarter led to its downfall. The Eskimos took advantage of a blocked punt, a fumbled kickoff return and an interception within the first 10 minutes of the game. Lucius Floyd scored on a four-yard carry, while Jim Sandusky caught a two-yard pass from Damon Allen. Sean Fleming added a field goal at the end of the quarter.
Another Winnipeg fumble in the second quarter, this time on a punt return, put the Eskimos in front by three converted touchdowns following Fleming’s 26-yard field goal.
The Blue Bombers finally got on the scoreboard late in the first half on Michael Richardson’s three-yard run. Both teams exchanged field goals as Edmonton held a 24-10 lead at halftime.
Winnipeg made a game of it in the second half, as quarterback Sam Garza scored on a one-yard keeper. The Blue Bombers closed the gap to four on Troy Westwood’s 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
But Edmonton’s offence got back on track to close out the game. Fleming booted three field goals for a record-tying six for the game. Westwood managed just one other.
Winnipeg was still within a touchdown with two minutes and 44 seconds remaining, but Allen put together a 12-play drive leading to Fleming’s final field goal.
This was the second Grey Cup game to be played in Calgary. The temperature was a balmy six degrees Celsius, compared to the first Calgary game (63rd Grey Cup) when it was minus 15 degrees Celsius with a wind of 25 kilometres per hour.
The Blue Bombers lost the ball a total of seven times on turnovers with 23 of Edmonton’s points coming off Winnipeg’s miscues. It was Edmonton’s eighth-straight victory to close out the year.
Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Dunigan did not play because of an Achilles’ tendon injury, and was replaced by Garza.
Referee Dave Yule suffered a ruptured calf muscle in the second quarter, forcing alternate Ken Lazaruk into action.