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Montreal Alouettes look to clinch playoff spot with win over Redblacks

The Montreal Alouettes can punch their ticket into the CFL playoffs this week if it can earn a road victory over Ottawa. Ottawa Redblacks' Michael Wakefield (96) dives at Montreal Alouettes' William Stanback (31) who runs the ball during first half CFL football action in Ottawa on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

TORONTO — The Montreal Alouettes can punch their ticket into the CFL playoffs this week.

Montreal (7-7) will clinch a post-season berth Saturday if it can earn a road victory over Ottawa (4-10). Wins by the Alouettes and Saskatchewan Roughriders would eliminate the Redblacks from playoff contention.

Montreal enters action second in the East Division behind the Toronto Argonauts (12-1).

Saskatchewan (6-8) visits B.C. (10-4) on Friday night. The Lions would clinch a home playoff game with a victory.

Hamilton (6-8) hosts the Calgary Stampeders (4-10) on Saturday night. A win by the Tiger-Cats would eliminate the crossover for the West Division's fourth-place team.

Meanwhile, an Ottawa loss and Saskatchewan victory would ensure there'd be no crossover for the East Division's fourth-place squad.

Should Hamilton and Saskatchewan win their games, that would eliminate Edmonton (4-11) from playoff contention. The Elks are on a bye week.

In the event that Montreal, Hamilton and Saskatchewan all win, the Ticats would cement a playoff berth while both Edmonton and Ottawa would be eliminated from post-season contention.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2023.

The Canadian Press

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