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Alouettes can clinch playoff spot with win over Redblacks

William Stanback William Stanback - The Canadian Press

TORONTO — The Montreal Alouettes can punch their ticket into the CFL playoffs this week.

Montreal (7-7) will clinch a post-season berth Saturday if it can earn a road victory over Ottawa (4-10). Wins by the Alouettes and Saskatchewan Roughriders would eliminate the Redblacks from playoff contention.

Montreal enters action second in the East Division behind the Toronto Argonauts (12-1).

Saskatchewan (6-8) visits B.C. (10-4) on Friday night. The Lions would clinch a home playoff game with a victory.

Hamilton (6-8) hosts the Calgary Stampeders (4-10) on Saturday night. A win by the Tiger-Cats would eliminate the crossover for the West Division's fourth-place team.

Meanwhile, an Ottawa loss and Saskatchewan victory would ensure there'd be no crossover for the East Division's fourth-place squad.

Should Hamilton and Saskatchewan win their games, that would eliminate Edmonton (4-11) from playoff contention. The Elks are on a bye week.

In the event that Montreal, Hamilton and Saskatchewan all win, the Ticats would cement a playoff berth while both Edmonton and Ottawa would be eliminated from post-season contention.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2023.