Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lions Looking to Bounce Back against Blue Bombers in Key West Division Showdown

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lions Looking to Bounce Back against Blue Bombers in Key West Division Showdown

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Lions hoping to bounce back against Bombers

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VANCOUVER - The B.C. Lions wanted to make something abundantly clear this week: one play didn't cost them the game.

Trailing the host Blue Bombers 37-33 late in the fourth quarter Saturday, a desperate Lions defence stripped running back Andrew Harris and recovered the ball inside Winnipeg's five-yard line with less than a minute left on the clock.

It looked for a moment as if B.C. had earned a reprieve and a last gasp at victory after getting stuffed in the same part of the field on back to back plays seconds earlier. But the officials ruled Harris down by contact, and even though some replay angles seemed to strongly suggest otherwise, the CFL's command centre upheld the decision after video review in what would turn into a gut-wrenching 37-35 defeat.

Social media exploded in the immediate aftermath, with fans and pundits skewering the league for what many perceived to be a blown call.

The Lions, however, bit their collective tongue and kept it up ahead of Friday's crucial rematch at B.C. Place Stadium, a game that could go a long way in deciding second place in the West Division.

"There's so many different plays besides that one play," said Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian. "Obviously that play was big, but what are you going to do? You can't do anything about it. You've just got to move on.

"Championship clubs don't dwell on things they can't control."

One thing B.C. (9-5) can control is its red-zone efficiency after scoring just two touchdowns in five trips last weekend against Winnipeg (9-6), while the club was also on it heels early, facing a 24-3 deficit in the second quarter before rallying to take the lead.

"We just look at it as: 'We can't let it get to that point,'" said B.C. wide receiver Bryan Burnham, who caught nine passes for a career-high 208 yards against the Blue Bombers. …

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