Edmonton Eskimos win the Grey Cup

The Edmonton Eskimos are this year’s winner of the historic Grey Cup. They defeated the Ottawa RedBlacks 26-20 to win the Canadian Football League’s Championship at Investors Group Field in front of a sellout 36,634.

With the win, they picked up their 14th championship in team history. They are 14-11 all-time in the game.

Jordan Lynch scored on a one-yard touchdown with 3:17 remaining to give the Eskimos the lead. He scored on a third-and-one to cap off a five-play, 78-yard drive.

“Man it feels good to be a champion! #BONE #CFL,” Lynch wrote on Twitter.

After Lynch’s touchdown, quarterback Mike Reilly threw a three-yard pass to Akeem Shavers for a two-point conversion to erase the Ottawa 20-18 lead.

On the drive that Lynch scored the game-winning touchdown, the Eskimos challenged a key play in the game. Edmonton head coach Chris Jones decided to challenge an incomplete pass, which was ultimately changed into a pass interference against the RedBlacks’ Brandon Sermons.

After the penalty, the ball was moved to the 10-yard line.

This is the Eskimos first championship since 2005 and their 14th overall in their 25th appearance, which is a record. Only the Toronto Argonauts have more with 16.

Edmonton ended the season with their 10th straight win and finished with a 16-4 record overall. This win streak came after Reilly was inserted as the starter.

Reilly was named the Grey Cup MVP in the game.

This was the RedBlacks first Grey Cup appearance and they finished the season with a 13-7 record. And it was the first appearance in the game since 1981 for an Ottawa team which lost 26-23 to Edmonton.

Ottawa has seen a Grey Cup victory since 1976 with the former Ottawa Rough Riders.

With the win, the Edmonton players with receive an additional $16,000. The RedBlacks players will get $8,000.

At halftime, the Eskimos held a 17-16 lead. Then, they outscored the RedBlacks 9-4 in the final two quarters.

The Grey Cup was first award in 1909. It is also the CFL’s version of the NFL’s Super Bowl.

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