Twice as Nice: Winnipeg Blue Bombers Win Back-to-Back Grey Cups
December 13, 2021 - Canadian Football League (CFL) News Release
HAMILTON - After suffering through a 29-year Grey Cup drought, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have given their fans a new streak.
The Bombers downed the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-25 in overtime on Sunday night at Tim Hortons Field, winning back-to-back Grey Cup championships, with the distinction of it happening in three years.
It's the Bombers' first consecutive championship-run since the 1961 and 1962 seasons.
Game MVP Zach Collaros made 21 of 32 passes for 240 yards with a pair of touchdowns and interceptions. Most Valuable Canadian Nic Demski had four catches for 27 yards and scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter, where the Bombers out-scored the Ticats 15-6.
"It's about the team. Look at these guys. It's been an incredible year," Collaros, the league's Most Outstanding Player for 2021 told TSN before the team was presented the Grey Cup. "I can't say enough how much everyone means to me. I've never been on a team like this."
Jeremiah Masoli came in for an injured Dane Evans in the second quarter and was 20-25 for 185 yards, with two touchdowns and one heartbreaking interception in overtime. Don Jackson turned 11 carries into 59 yards and had six catches for 48 yards, as the Ticats fell to the Bombers in the Grey Cup for the second-consecutive year.
Arkells and their halftime guests The Lumineers thrilled a sellout crowd of 26,324. The Bombers' celebration was also one for the CFL, which successfully completed the 2021 season after losing the 2020 campaign to the pandemic.
Sunday's game was the fourth-ever Grey Cup to go to overtime (1961, 2005, 2016).
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