A pair of losses by the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes has clinched a playoff spot for the BC Lions.
It’s the 20th year in a row that BC has qualified for the playoffs, the longest current active streak in the CFL. It’s also the second-longest streak in CFL history.
“I’m proud of what our players have accomplished so far, but the next step is still in front of us and that is to host a home playoff game for our fans,” said general manager and head coach Wally Buono. “We have an opportunity, now we must take advantage of the opportunity.”
The 9-5 Lions have had a resurgent season, and with just four games left, they’re in a battle for second in the ultra-competitive West Division. If they do that, they’ll host a playoff game for the first time since 2012.
During their 20-year run, the Lions have finished in first-place seven times, third-place eight times, and were the fourth-place crossover team on four occasions. Remarkably, they haven’t finished in second-place a single time during the run.
BC has a huge game this Friday at BC Place, a rematch versus the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. A win and BC will be in great position to secure second-place. A loss and they’re in a battle for second through fourth.