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Three Takeaways: Ticats clinch playoffs following victory in overtime

It was a story of two halves; two halves so different that overtime would be absolutely necessary in deciding a victor. Ottawa had their way with the Tiger-Cats the first two quarters, outscoring Hamilton 27-12. Redblacks quarterback Henry Burris completed 18 of 22 passes in the first half alone for 244 yards. The second half would offer a completely different Tiger-Cats team that turned the tide of the scoring to outscore the Redblacks 21-6.

Fantuz gets his place in Ticats history

Three milestones in one night and the win? Yeah, it was a good night for Andy Fantuz. On a night where he made eight receptions for 67 yards, Fantuz would also place his name in the Ticats record books. Shortly after breaking over a decade long franchise record held by Hall of Fame receiver Darren Flutie, Fantuz would become the first ever Tiger-Cat to have one hundred receptions in a single season. Darren Flutie had previously caught 98 receptions in the 1998 season, which would stand as the franchise record for nearly two decades. Fantuz would also pass another Hall of Famer, moving ahead of Jock Climie for 17th all-time for career receptions in the CFL. To put the cherry on it all, Fantuz would also pass the 1,000 receiving yards mark for the second time in his career.

Short memory

Brett Maher came through when it was most crucial. The Tiger-Cats kicker went through 60 minutes against the Redblacks having a rollercoaster of a performance, having missed both an extra point attempt and a 37-yard field goal attempt. Wiping the slate clean when the game would head into overtime, Maher went two-for-two in extra time, including the game-winning 38-yard field goal. At game’s end, Maher would still kick 80%, completing four of his five attempts.

Defence buckles down

After heading into the locker room at halftime facing a 27-12 deficit, the Ticats defence came out for the second half and limited Henry Burris and the Redblacks offence to only six points in the final 30 minutes of regulation time. The defence would force perhaps the biggest of their five defensive turnovers in overtime. John Chick would swat the ball out of the hand of a scrambling Henry Burris to force the turnover. Chick’s forced fumble would eventually lead to Brett Maher’s game-winning 38-yard field goal to give Hamilton the victory and clinch the Ticats a birth in the playoffs.

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