Canadian Football League Schedule 2021

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Standings

Canadian Football League East Division 2021

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
195018309318-9L1
28601631224468W1
37701434630541L1
431106224384-160W1

Canadian Football League West Division 2021

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
1113020361188173L2
2950182902846L1
38601631526352W3
459010312351-39W1
531106246378-132L1

Playoff Schedule

CFL Canadian Football League Playoffs 2021

Match Day Eastern Semi-Final
(Eastern Semi-Final)
23 - 12

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs Montreal Alouettes

Match Day Western Semi-Final
(Western Semi-Final)
33 OT - 30

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Calgary Stampeders

Match Day Eastern Final
(Eastern Final)
19 - 27

Toronto Argonauts vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Match Day Western Final
(Western Final)
21 - 17

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs Saskatchewan Roughriders

Match Day 108th Grey Cup
(108th Grey Cup)
25 - 33

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Schedule

Note: Please click on Individual Game Scores to see match reports and scorers for the game in question.

Canadian Football League Regular Season 2021

Match Day Week 1
(Week 1)
19 - 6

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats

(Week 1)
33 - 29

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs British Columbia Lions

(Week 1)
20 - 23

Calgary Stampeders vs Toronto Argonauts

(Week 1)
12 - 16

Edmonton Elks vs Ottawa REDBLACKS

Match Day Week 2
(Week 2)
9 - 15

Calgary Stampeders vs British Columbia Lions

(Week 2)
20 - 7

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs Toronto Argonauts

(Week 2)
13 - 30

Edmonton Elks vs Montreal Alouettes

(Week 2)
30 - 8

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Match Day Week 3
(Week 3)
16 - 21

British Columbia Lions vs Edmonton Elks

(Week 3)
28 - 22

Calgary Stampeders vs Montreal Alouettes

(Week 3)
30 - 23

Toronto Argonauts vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers

(Week 3)
23 - 10

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Ottawa REDBLACKS

Match Day Week 4
(Week 4)
Postponed

Toronto Argonauts vs Edmonton Elks

(Week 4)
10 - 27

Montreal Alouettes vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats

(Week 4)
12 - 24

Ottawa REDBLACKS vs British Columbia Lions

(Week 4)
18 - 16

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs Calgary Stampeders

Match Day Week 5
(Week 5)
29 - 51

Ottawa REDBLACKS vs Montreal Alouettes

(Week 5)
8 - 23

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers

(Week 5)
32 - 19

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs Toronto Argonauts

(Week 5)
20 - 32

Calgary Stampeders vs Edmonton Elks

Match Day Week 6
(Week 6)
17 - 16

Toronto Argonauts vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats

(Week 6)
33 - 9

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs Saskatchewan Roughriders

(Week 6)
16 - 32

Edmonton Elks vs Calgary Stampeders

(Week 6)
45 - 13

British Columbia Lions vs Ottawa REDBLACKS

Match Day Week 7
(Week 7)
23 - 17

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs Calgary Stampeders

(Week 7)
30 - 16

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Toronto Argonauts

(Week 7)
18 - 27

Montreal Alouettes vs British Columbia Lions

(Week 7)
22 - 37

Edmonton Elks vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Match Day Week 8
(Week 8)
7 - 24

Ottawa REDBLACKS vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats

(Week 8)
30 - 27

Toronto Argonauts vs Montreal Alouettes

(Week 8)
24 - 31

British Columbia Lions vs Saskatchewan Roughriders

Match Day Week 9
(Week 9)
34 - 24

Ottawa REDBLACKS vs Edmonton Elks

(Week 9)
9 - 30

British Columbia Lions vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers

(Week 9)
20 - 23 OT

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs Montreal Alouettes

(Week 9)
23 - 17

Calgary Stampeders vs Saskatchewan Roughriders

Match Day Week 10
(Week 10)
35 - 16

Toronto Argonauts vs Ottawa REDBLACKS

(Week 10)
30 - 3

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs Edmonton Elks

(Week 10)
19 - 22

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Calgary Stampeders

(Week 10)
20 - 16

Montreal Alouettes vs Ottawa REDBLACKS

(Week 10)
23 - 24

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs Toronto Argonauts

Match Day Week 11
(Week 11)
16 - 26

Edmonton Elks vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers

(Week 11)
16 - 27

Ottawa REDBLACKS vs Montreal Alouettes

(Week 11)
10 - 39

British Columbia Lions vs Calgary Stampeders

Match Day Week 12
(Week 12)
37 - 16

Montreal Alouettes vs Toronto Argonauts

(Week 12)
32 - 3

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs Ottawa REDBLACKS

(Week 12)
45 - 0

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs British Columbia Lions

(Week 12)
17 - 20

Calgary Stampeders vs Saskatchewan Roughriders

Match Day Week 13
(Week 13)
13 - 26

Ottawa REDBLACKS vs Calgary Stampeders

(Week 13)
23 - 39

Edmonton Elks vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats

(Week 13)
31 - 29

Toronto Argonauts vs British Columbia Lions

(Week 13)
14 - 19

Montreal Alouettes vs Saskatchewan Roughriders

Match Day Week 14
(Week 14)
26 - 18

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs British Columbia Lions

(Week 14)
19 - 17

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Edmonton Elks

(Week 14)
20 - 23

Ottawa REDBLACKS vs Toronto Argonauts

(Week 14)
31 - 21

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs Montreal Alouettes

Match Day Week 15
(Week 15)
31 - 12

Toronto Argonauts vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats

(Week 15)
23 - 33

British Columbia Lions vs Calgary Stampeders

(Week 15)
28 - 14

Montreal Alouettes vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers

(Week 15)
24 - 29

Edmonton Elks vs Saskatchewan Roughriders

Match Day Week 16
(Week 16)
18 - 19

Montreal Alouettes vs Ottawa REDBLACKS

(Week 16)
43 - 10

British Columbia Lions vs Edmonton Elks

(Week 16)
24 - 3

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs Saskatchewan Roughriders

(Week 16)
13 - 12

Calgary Stampeders vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Match Day Week 4 Rescheduled
(Week 4 Rescheduled)
7 - 13

Toronto Argonauts vs Edmonton Elks

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Report

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the Canadian Football League chose to have no preseason, and start the league late, in August, running for 16 weeks regular season with each team playing 14 regular season matches before the playoffs.

Week 1 Recap

Saskatchewan Roughriders broke out of the blocks in the first game at home in Mosaic Stadium in over 600 days, as they put up 32 points in the first half against BC Lions. The Lions made a spirited comeback in the second half, but the Roughriders held them off to win 33-29. The other contests were not as high-scoring, Toronto making a fourth quarter comeback to defeat Calgary with a late Field Goal, and Winnipeg coming from 6-0 down in the first quarter to win 19-6 at home to Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The much-anticipated game between the Edmonton Elks, playing for the first time under their new nickname, and Ottawa REDBLACKS ended 20-16 to Ottawa with the expected Offensive showdown between Quarterbacks Trevor Harris and Matt Nichols giving way to a defensive battle where the only Touchdown was a 102-yard Interception Return by Abdul Kanneh with 5 minutes remaining to give Ottawa victory.

Week 2 Recap

Kyran Moore, a player with an Irish name was on the scoresheet for Saskatchewan Roughriders as they came from 8-7 down in the second quarter to storm to a 30-8 victory in Hamilton versus the Tiger-Cats. Moore caught a 6 yard touchdown pass from Cody Fajardo to put the Roughriders 24-8 up in the third quarter. Meanwhile the BC Lions Michael Reilly, in for starting quarterback Nathan Rourke, both Irish names, scored on a 1 yard quarterback sneak that put them 12-3 up against Calgary Stampeders. Reilly would guide the Vancouver franchise to a 15-9 victory. Meanwhile Shai Ross caught an 11 yard touchdown pass from Trevor Harris to score a consolation TD for the Edmonton Elks as they went 0-2 in a 13-30 loss at home to Montreal Alouettes. Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated Toronto Argonauts 20-7 in the other game. After two weeks Montreal Alouettes (1-0), Saskatchewan Roughriders (2-0) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2-0) were undefeated.

Week 3 Recap

Edmonton Elks got their first win under their new name, 21-16 versus British Columbia Lions, dropping the Lions to 1-2. Calgary Stampeders also moved to 1-2 with a 28-22 win against Montreal Alouettes as the Alouettes fell to 1-1. Toronto Argonauts gained revenge for the previous weeks loss to Winnipeg by defeating the Blue Bombers 30-23 to join them on four points. Saskatchewan Roughriders became the team to beat by defeating the also undefeated Ottawa REDBLACKS 23-10.

Week 4 Recap

Toronto Argonauts v Edmonton Elks was postponed due to a COVID outbreak among Edmonton players, and Hamilton Tiger-Cats won 27-10 versus Montreal Alouettes to gain the Ti-Cats first win of the season. British Columbia Lions won 24-12 versus Ottawa REDBLACKS to move to four points, while Winnipeg Blue Bombers joined Saskatchewan Roughriders on 6 points with a narrow 18-16 win over Calgary Stampeders.

Week 5 Recap

Montreal Alouettes defeated Ottawa REDBLACKS 51-29 to move into a three-way tie in the East with Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats with all three teams on four points after Hamilton had defeated Toronto Argonauts 32-19. Meanwhile in the West Division Edmonton Elks won 32-20 versus Calgary Stampeders in the battle of the two Alberta teams languishing on two points at the foot of the table before the game. The big game of the weekend, however, was Winnipeg Blue Bombers 23-8 defeat of Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Riders first loss of the season, and which left the Blue Bombers in sole possession of first place in the West on eight points.

Week 6 Recap

With both teams on a 2-2 record the meeting of Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats was always likely to be close and so it proved as the Argos won by the slenderest of margins 17-16. Meanwhile the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders met again at the top of the West with the Bombers coming out best for the second week in a row, 33-9, to move into a four point lead at the top of the division. Calgary Stampeders moved level with Edmonton Elks with a 32-16 win to put both teams on four points, and British Columbia Lions joined Saskatchewan Roughriders on six points with a 45-13 rout of Ottawa REDBLACKS.

Week 7 Recap

Winnipeg Blue Bombers won for the sixth time in seven games as they defeated Edmonton Elks 37-22 to continue to set the pace in the West Division. The British Columbia Lions remain their nearest challenger on 8 points thanks to Michael Reilly’s 308 yards and two touchdown passing display versus Montreal in a 27-18 victory. The Saskatchewan Roughriders snapped a two-game losing streak to also move to 4-2 in the West with a 30-16 win against East Division leaders Toronto Argonauts. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats joined the Argos on 3-3 at the top of the East with a 23-17 triumph over Calgary Stampeders.

Week 8 Recap

Hamilton and Toronto both moved to 8 points and a joint lead in the East Division with victories over Division rivals Ottawa (24-7) and Montreal (30-27) respectively. In the only match-up in the West Division Saskatchewan defeated BC Lions 31-24 to go ahead of the team from Vancouver on 10 points, still in second behind Division leaders Winnipeg on 12 points.

Week 9 Recap

The East Division was shaken up a little in Week 9 with Montreal’s overtime win versus Hamilton, leaving the Alouettes back in touch on 6 points with with the Tiger-Cats on 8 points along with Toronto. In the West Division Winnipeg Blue Bombers stretched their lead over Saskatchewan with a 30-9 defeat of BC Lions as the Roughriders went down to Calgary Stampeders 17-23. Winnipeg now stand on 14 points, four ahead of the Roughriders with BC Lions a further 2 points back and Calgary on 6 points. Edmonton’s poor start under new name Elks continued as the lost 24-34 to Ottawa REDBLACKS in an Inter-Division game. The win put Ottawa on a similar 2-5 record as the Elks, but both teams remained rooted to the bottom of their Divisions.

Week 10 Recap

In a big week for the Argonauts the Toronto team defeated both Ottawa REDBLACKS 35-16 on Thursday and then on Monday squeaked by Hamilton Tiger-Cats 24-23 to put a bit of light between the teams as Toronto moved to 12 points, four ahead of Hamilton and Montreal who also had a narrow win (20-16) over Ottawa. In the West Division Winnipeg moved to 16 points and a three game lead as they won easily versus Edmonton 30-3 in a match-up between the Division leaders and bottom-placed team. Meanwhile Saskatchewan lost to Calgary for the second week in a row as the Stampeders won 22-19 in Regina to get back into playoff contention on 8 points, level with BC Lions and 2 behind the Roughriders.

Week 11 Recap

Edmonton put up a better display against Winnipeg after the previous weeks’ heavy defeat, but still went down 16-26 as the Blue Bombers further widened the gap at the top of the West Division to 8 Points. Calgary joined Saskatchewan on 10 points in second place in the West with a 39-10 victory in Vancouver over the Lions. In The East Division Montreal moved back into striking distance with the Argonauts as they downed the REDBLACKS 27-16 in Ottawa. The REDBLACKS remain in last place in the East on 4 points while the Alouettes claimed sole possession of second place on 10 points, two points behind Toronto.

Week 12 Recap

The top of the Standings became congested in the East Division as Montreal moved level with Toronto on 12 points after the Alouettes defeated the Argonauts 37-16. Hamilton were just 2 points back after the Tiger-Cats crushed the REDBLACKS 32-3 to remain in contention for the Division title. Ottawa slipped further out of Playoff contention with the loss. In the West Winnipeg scored another big win as they shutout BC Lions 45-0 at home in Manitoba as they moved to 20 Points, 8 Points clear at the top. Saskatchewan halted their slide, getting back to winning ways with a narrow 20-17 victory over Calgary in Alberta. The win put the Roughriders 2 Points back ahead of the Stampeders on 12 points with British Columbia 4 points back.

Week 13 Recap

In a Week of Inter-Division match-ups Calgary easily disposed of bottom-placed in the East Ottawa 26-13 to move to 12 Points and Hamilton also had an easy win over West Division last-placed Edmonton as the Tiger-Cats moved to 12 Points with a 39-23 defeat of the Elks. Toronto won 31-29 at home to BC Lions to improve to 7-4 and go 2 Points in front in the East as Montreal fell 14-19 at home to Saskatchewan, putting the Alouettes on 6-5 and joint second in the East with Hamilton. The Roughriders improved to 7-4 also and narrowed the gap to West Division leaders Winnipeg to 6 Points with the Blue Bombers on a bye week.

Week 14 Recap

With the Playoffs looming in a COVID-19 shortened regular season Hamilton stayed in the East Division title race with a 26-18 defeat of British Columbia, consigning the Lions to their sixth defeat in a row. The Tiger-Cats were on a three-game winning streak with this win which saw them overtake Montreal in second place as the Alouettes lost 21-31 at Winnipeg, assuring the Blue Bombers of the West Division title. Saskatchewan had a narrower 19-17 victory at Edmonton which secured the Roughriders a spot in the Playoffs and meant the Elks were assured of last place in the West with their 7th loss in a row. Toronto also had a narrower than expected 23-20 win at the REDBLACKS in Ottawa as they maintained first place in a tightly-contested East Division.

Week 15 Recap

With only one Week to go in the Regular Season the Argonauts wrapped up the East Division title with a convincing 31-12 victory in Toronto versus nearest challengers Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Montreal joined Hamilton on 14 points with a shock 28-14 victory at Winnipeg as the Blue Bombers, already assured of the West Division title and League Best-Record slipped up, losing for the first time in 9 games. Saskatchewan had a narrow 29-24 win at home in Regina over Edmonton Elks, ensuring the Roughriders of second place and homefield advantage in the Western Semi-Final versus Calgary Stampeders who earned third place with a 33-23 defeat of British Columbia in the Lions 7th loss in a row.

Week 16

With the Argonauts already assured of first place in the East, Edmonton Elks snapped an 8-game losing streak with a 13-7 win in Toronto in a rescheduled game from Week 4. Edmonton then went on to lose heavily to British Columbia as the Lions snapped a seven-game losing streak of their own with a 43-10 win to finish out the season in front of their own fans in Vancouver. Ottawa likewise finished off the season ending a long losing streak as the REDBLACKS won for the first time in seven games by defeating the Alouettes 19-18 in Montreal, thus depriving the Quebec team of second place in the East Division which went to Hamilton as the Tiger-Cats won 24-3 in Ontario versus the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders. Meanwhile Winnipeg gave their fans some concern with their second loss in a row after a nine-game winning streak as the Blue Bombers fell 12-13 at Calgary Stampeders.

With the Regular Season wrapped-up Toronto had a bye into the East Division Final after winning the East title with a 9-5 Record. Second-placed Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8-6) secured home advantage for the visit of Montreal Alouettes (7-7) in the East Semi-Final while Ottawa REDBLACKS finished fourth on 3-11. In the West Division a two-game slump at the end did not prevent Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11-3) from winning the West title and Homefield advantage for the West Division Final where they would meet the winners of Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-5) and Calgary Stampeders (8-6). British Columbia Lions (5-9) and Edmonton Elks (3-11) both finished out of Playoff contention after long losing sequences for both teams mid-season.

CFL Playoffs 2021 Recap

Close games abounded in the 2021 CFL playoffs, with Hamilton Tiger-Cats 23-12 defeat of Montreal Alouettes in the Eastern Semi-Final the widest margin of victory. The Western Semi-Final was decided by a Field Goal in Overtime as Saskatchewan Roughriders won 33-30 at home to Calgary Stampeders. The Tiger-Cats went on to defeat the Argonauts in Toronto 27-19 to reach the 108th Grey Cup while Winnipeg Blue Bombers sneaked by Saskatchewan, winning 21-17 versus the Roughriders in the Western Final.

108th Grey Cup

Winnipeg Blue Bombers won the 108th Grey Cup, but left it late to really get started as they came from 22-10 down in the fourth quarter to lead 25-22 with minutes left. Hamiltion Tiger-Cats equalized with 6 seconds remaining with a Field Goal, before Zach Collaros passed for his second touchdown of the game in overtime to give the Blue Bombers a 33-25 lead with the successful two-point conversion. The Blue Bombers won the Grey Cup for the second year in succession after two more plays as first Hamilton were penalized 10 yards and then on 2nd and 20 were intercepted by Kyrie Wilson to end the game. Full Report and Scoring for the 108th Grey Cup available by clicking on the Game in the Playoff Schedule Above.

About the Canadian Football League

There are 3 main versions of Gridiron Football: the traditional 11v11 game played in USA, a 12v12 version of the game played in Canada, and a 8v8 version of the game played Indoors on converted Ice Hockey Arenas.

LOGOS

[1] Sports Logos (2021) 2757__canadian_football_league-primary-2016 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/2573/full/2757__canadian_football_league-primary-2016.png [Accessed 31 July 2021]

REFERENCES

[2] Canadian Football League (2021) Schedule 2021 [Internet] Available from: https://www.cfl.ca/schedule/2021/ [Accessed 31 July 2021]

LOGOS

[3] Sports Logos (2021) 8827_bc_lions-primary-2016 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/91/full/8827_bc_lions-primary-2016.png [Accessed 31 July 2021]

[4] Sports Logos (2021) 6644_calgary_stampeders-primary-2019 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/92/full/6644_calgary_stampeders-primary-2019.png [Accessed 31 July 2021]

[5] Sports Logos (2021) edmonton_elks_logo_primary_2021_sportslogosnet-5957 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/6790/full/edmonton_elks_logo_primary_2021_sportslogosnet-5957.png %5BAccessed 31 July 2021]

[6] Sports Logos (2021) 6261_saskatchewan_roughriders-primary-2016 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/98/full/6261_saskatchewan_roughriders-primary-2016.png [Accessed 31 July 2021]

[7] Sports Logos (2021) 2517_winnipeg_blue_bombers-primary-2012 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/100/full/2517_winnipeg_blue_bombers-primary-2012.png [Accessed 31 July 2021]

[8] Sports Logos (2021) 6242 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/94/full/6242.gif [Accessed 31 July 2021]

[9] Sports Logos (2021) 4816_toronto_argonauts-primary-2021 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/99/full/4816_toronto_argonauts-primary-2021.png [Accessed 31 July 2021]

[10] Sports Logos (2021) 9827_ottawa__redblacks-primary-2014 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/5033/full/9827_ottawa__redblacks-primary-2014.png [Accessed 31 July 2021]

[11] Sports Logos (2021) 5778_montreal_alouettes-primary-2019 [Internet] Available from: https://content.sportslogos.net/logos/8/95/full/5778_montreal_alouettes-primary-2019.png [Accessed 31 July 2021]

GAME REFERENCES

[12] Game Recap 2021-12-12 Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats [Internet] [Available from: https://www.cfl.ca/games/6201/winnipeg-blue-bombers-vs-hamilton-tiger-cats/ [Accessed 13 December 2021]

[13] Play-by-Play 2021-12-12 Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats [Internet] [Available from: https://www.cfl.ca/games/6201/winnipeg-blue-bombers-vs-hamilton-tiger-cats/#playbyplay [Accessed 13 December 2021]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Steve Hearn and Anton “Pippo” O’Grady (Dublin Bay Raptors)

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

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Last Updated: 13 December 2021

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