The BC Lions are a playoff team again

Oct 20 2018, 4:20 am

You’ve got a playoff team, Vancouver.

The red hot BC Lions won again on Friday, beating the Edmonton Eskimos 42-32 to punch their ticket to the playoffs. The Lions have won three in a row and six of their last seven, and could be a mean piece of business for whoever they face in the division semi-final.

If the season ended today, BC would be the crossover team in the East Division, and would likely be favoured to beat Hamilton on the road. With two games left, if they keep this up, they could even host a playoff game as the second-best team in the West.

Billed as the most important game of the season, Friday night’s tilt lived up to the hype in front of 20,463 fans at BC Place.

Down 12-0 early, it was special teams and defence that got the Lions back into the game. Chris Rainey got BC’s first kickoff return touchdown in more than three years to put his team on the board. A forced fumble shortly after put BC’s offence in good position to take the lead – which they did.

Throwing for just 37 yards in the first half, Travis Lulay found his groove in the third quarter.

Lulay made three big plays in the quarter, throwing a 55-yard pass to Bryan Burnham that led to a DeVier Posey touchdown catch to take a 24-22 lead. Posey had two more big touchdown receptions in the quarter, converting on 65-yard and 32-yard passes.

The 38-22 lead was insurmountable, punching BC’s ticket to the playoffs after missing out for the first time in 21 years last season.

Lulay threw for 251 yards, with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Lions have two more tough matchups left in the regular season, next week in Saskatchewan and at home in the season finale against Calgary.

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