The Argonauts survive a last minute ‘brain fart’ from Dinwiddie to secure a playoff spot with an OT win

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The Argos found a way to win a game Saturday in the rain at BMO Field, but it wasn’t exactly the way one would or the kind that bodes well for a playoff-bound team.

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It was wet and wild, unnerving, and yet Argos prevailed 31-29 in overtime over BC Lions, a CFL classic for all the wrong reasons.

The victory places Argos in the playoffs for the first time since 2017.

The Lions ruined it when kicker Jimmy Camacho missed two late field goals, the second of which was on a game-tying single on the last play of regular time.

Time management emerged as a major issue for the Argos, who seemed desperate as they tried to run out of time at the last minute by holding on to a 24-23 lead. But after quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson twice went knee deep on his own end of the field, the Barqueros had to clear the ball out of their own end zone, giving BC possession near midfield. with 18 seconds remaining and another shot to win the game. .

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Tied 24-24, the Argos scored a touchdown on their overtime possession, aided by a pass interference call, when Antonio Pipkin broke in from the one. They chose to go for two at the concert and Bethel-Thompson connected with Dion Pellerin at the back of the end zone for an eight-point lead.

But the Leos responded immediately when Mike Reilly hit Jacob Scarfone for a 32-yard reception and a rushing touchdown, but he wasn’t close in his two-point pass attempt to continue the game.

“I totally blew it,” Argos head coach Ryan Dinwiddie said when asked about time management at the end of the game. “There were 44 seconds left and they (the Lions) had a timeout. I lost track. I invite. I apologized to the guys afterwards.

“It was a big mistake. I have to be better with managing the clock. It was a brain fart on my part. I’m pretty embarrassed about that … It could have cost us a chance to play in the playoffs. “

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In his mind, Dinwiddie felt the offense could run a victory formation twice to eat up the clock. But even 44 seconds is an eternity in the CFL.

A mulligan has been earned, but a replay in the playoffs will not be tolerated. Mental errors like Saturday’s error in judgment lead to job losses.

Everything is forgotten because the Lions could not capitalize, not once but twice.

On Camacho’s first field goal attempt, who was 0 of 3 on field goal attempts, Dexter McCoil Jr. got a hand on the kick.

“Absolutely,” Dinwiddie said when asked if he felt lucky to have prevailed. “I thought the ball game had cost us. Luckily he missed the field goal ”.

The Argos won, their fifth in a row without a loss at home this season, but there’s no way they’ll be this lucky in a playoff game if they can’t produce touchdowns.

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Boris Bede would kick five field goals for the home team, which speaks to Toronto’s inability to convert within the end zone.

However, close games have become the norm for the Argos, who have won six times by a combined 17-point margin.

In two wins over Hamilton, the Argos’ combined margin of victory was two points, including a field goal without a time on the clock on Thanksgiving Monday at the Hammer.
The two rivals will connect in Toronto in two weeks to complete their four-game season series.

The Argos are in Ottawa next week as the Redblacks continue to prepare for next season.
The Argos led 10-0 in the first quarter on Saturday, thanks to a field goal from Bede and a 10-yard touchdown pass from MBY to Davaris Daniels.

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But the Lions held on, taking advantage of Toronto’s poor secondary coverage on deep shots and were helped by too many penalties from Argos.

Dinwiddie, meanwhile, has to find a way to use Pipkin more in red zone opportunities and take advantage of his running skills.

Bethel-Thompson got the start, his first as the undisputed No. 1 quarterback on the list. He was good on the intermediate routes, but three times he toppled receivers on the field. The third attempt, which came in the fourth quarter, would have sealed the victory, but badly toppled Dres Anderson, who was making his CFL debut.

MBT, who hit 23 of 37 passes but only 155 yards, also had a BC tipped ball turned into a defensive major, the second defensive score in consecutive games Toronto’s offense has given up, both by the quarterback.

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Dinwiddie liked MBT’s toughness to bounce back from some errant pitches.

There was a pitch that fell directly into the hands of veteran Ricky Collins Jr., but he couldn’t secure it.

“Credit to him (MBT) for persevering and finding a way to get a W,” Dinwiddie said.

JUDGE AND JURY

Cameron Judge, as expected, was eliminated from the lineup in the hours leading up to the start of the game.

Toronto’s starting weak linebacker hasn’t played since injuring his ankle in a Sept. 17 loss at Regina.

Judge was added to the depth chart as the Lions’ third linebacker on Saturday’s visit.

McCoil Jr. has filled the void.

McCoil Jr. is an American, which means the Argos have to change their rotation when an injured Canadian starter like Judge is unavailable.

The juggling of proportions allowed Canadian rookie Tommy Nield to do some initial reps as a catcher.

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