Powered by:
as known from New York Timesas known from USA Todayas known from yahoo!
VA
Contains commercial content
The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Top-10 CFL Grey Cup Games Ever Played

Top-10 CFL Grey Cup Games Ever Played

Updated
Publish Date: 12/30/2023
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis

I wrote my original top 10 Grey Cups back in March. Since then I have watched every game in my top 15 to see if I made any mistakes. With this years Grey Cup being such a great game I figured it was time to revise the list.

10) 1958, Winnipeg 35 Hamilton 28

Blue Bombers quarterback, Ken Ploen, was hurt, forcing Jim Van Pelt into action.

Sure enough, Van Pelt brought the Bombers from behind, scoring two touchdowns and kicking two field goals, while Norm Rauhaus recovered a blocked kick for another Winnipeg major.

This game was widely considered the greatest Grey Cup game played until the shootouts of the 80’s.

Video: 1958 Grey Cup highlights Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats

1958 Grey Cup highlights Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats

9) 1976, Ottawa 23 Saskatchewan 20

Tom Clements to Gabriel — anyone who saw it won’t soon forget one of the most exciting plays in CFL history, and the play that lifted the ’76 game to legendary status.

This game makes the list with a truly amazing final 20 seconds.

Video: CFL 1976 Grey Cup The Catch.mp4

CFL 1976 Grey Cup The Catch.mp4

8) 1981, Edmonton 26 Ottawa 23

Who’d have guessed that an apparent mismatch between a 14-1-1 power like the Eskimos and an also-ran like 5-11 Ottawa would produce a CFL classic?

The Rough Riders had a dreadful regular season. They were supposed to get blown away. And they played  a great game. They led at the half. And the Eskimos came back from a 20-1 deficit to win it. It was a great game, a great crowd at Olympic Stadium.

arent mismatch between a 14-1-1 power like the Eskimos and an also-ran like 5-11 Ottawa would produce a CFL classic?

The Rough Riders had a dreadful regular season. They were supposed to get blown away. And they played  a great game. They led at the half. And the Eskimos came back from a 20-1 deficit to win it. It was a great game, a great crowd at Olympic Stadium.

Video: 1981 Grey Cup highlights Edmonton Eskimos vs. Ottawa Rough Riders

1981 Grey Cup highlights Edmonton Eskimos vs. Ottawa Rough Riders

7) 1996, The Snow Bowl, Toronto 43 Edmonton 37

“The Snow Bowl,” became an instant classic, with wind whipping around mountains of the white stuff in the Argos 43-37 win before 38,595 fans at Ivor Wynne.

Most people recall the shoestring catch by Eskimos wide receiver Eddie Brown on a 64-yard touchdown pass from Danny McManus in the first quarter. It’s one of the most memorable plays in Grey Cup history.

Before the game, many people believed that QB Doug Flutie could not play well in cold weather. Flutie, who was the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player that season, was also named the game’s top performer. Teammate Mike Vanderjagt, who booted five field goals, was voted the Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Canadian.

It was the second-highest scoring Grey Cup game, next to Saskatchewan’s 43-40 win over Hamilton in 1989.

It was the Argonauts’ first Cup win since 1991. Ironically, they did it in the stadium that had often been called “Never Win” by the Argo fans due to the team’s consistent failure to beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at that venue.

Toronto’s 27 points in the second quarter came close to tying the Grey Cup record of 28 points in one quarter, set in the 1990 Grey Cup.

Video: Made From Canada Grey Cup Moments - 1996 Snow Bowl | Molson Canadian

Made From Canada Grey Cup Moments – 1996 Snow Bowl | Molson Canadian

6) 1987, Edmonton 38 Toronto 36

Just another wild nail-biter, with another last-minute, game-winning kick, this time a 49-yarder by Edmonton’s Jerry Kauric.

The fun started much earlier, though, with a 115-yard missed field goal return by CFL great Henry Gizmo Williams to open the scoring.

From there it was non-stop action, the final tally more than 800 yards in total offence.

Gilbert Renfroe teamed with Danny Barrett to lead the Argos attack, hooking up with Gil Fenerty for a 61-yard touchdown in the second quarter, the first of three straight touchdowns for Toronto.

But quarterback Damon Allen, NFL hall of famer Marcus Allen’s brother came off the bench to replace Matt Dunigan, led the Eskimos  to the comeback, and took home the game’s offensive MVP award.

Video: Henry 'Gizmo' Williams sets Grey Cup Record

Henry ‘Gizmo’ Williams sets Grey Cup Record

5) 1994, B.C 26 Baltimore 23

The CFL was full-fledged into their experiment of bringing the CFL to the USA. This was more than a football game to the people of Canada, this was about national pride. A better script could not have been written for this game.

Playing at home in Vancouver and Down 20-10 midway through the third quarter, the Lions outscored the Stallions 16-3 down the stretch, the winning points coming off the toe of hometown favorite Lou Passaglia — with no time on the clock.

Video: 1994 Grey Cup

1994 Grey Cup

4) 2005, Edmonton 38 Montreal 35

In this more recent classic there were six lead changes and a record 96-yard kickoff return by Edmonton’s Tony Tompkins.

3) 2009, Montreal 28 Saskatchewan 27

The Montreal Alouettes came from behind to defeat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 28-27, on a 33-yard field goal by Damon Duval as time ran out. Duval had actually missed a first attempt, but Saskatchewan was penalized for having too many men on the field, allowing Duval a second field goal attempt. This has to be one of the most heartbreaking defeats for a team in the history of professional championships.

Video: CFL 2009 Grey Cup: Montreal 28, Saskatchewan 27

CFL 2009 Grey Cup: Montreal 28, Saskatchewan 27

2) 2016, Ottawa 39  Calgary 33

The Redblacks ended a 40-year championship drought for the city of Ottawa that spanned three CFL franchises and 27 football seasons of play. This was a great game with the Stampeders coming from 27-7 down to force overtime. Ottawa quarterback Henry Burris ended the game completing 35–46 passes for 461 yards (the fourth most in Grey Cup history and the first 400+ performance in the game since Danny McManus in 1996), three touchdowns and one interception. Bo Levi Mitchell responded for Calgary with 28–41 passes completed for 391 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. The Redblacks score the only TD in overtime to win the cup.

1) 1989, Saskatchewan 43 Hamilton 40

I really thought after watching the 2016 Grey Cup that I would put it at number one. After watching both games 89 was still the best in my estimation.This game would take a lot of words to explain it, so sit back and enjoy the highlights from the greatest Grey Cup game ever played!

Read Also
Esteban de Jesus, Roberto Duran y AIDS (1972-89)
Many of us dream of celebrity sports fame, but only cruel individuals ...
Ranking the top 10 Players and Coaches to go from the CFL to the NFL
The Canadian Football League is the oldest professional football league in the ...
Bet365 Promo
Top 10 Greatest NFL Kickers of All Time: Who Is the Best NFL Kicker Ever?
Being a Kicker is a no-win situation at times. Outside of the ...
Indiana Basketball Weekly
Welcome to Indiana Basketball Weekly, your dedicated podcast for all things Indiana ...
Top-15 Running Backs in CFL History
Fleming retired from the CFL and the BC Lions following the 1966 ...
Top 10 CFL Grey Cup Games Ever Played
The Eskimos rose painfully off the scarred turf of Toronto's sold-out Varsity ...
Top 10 Quarterbacks in CFL History
Active players are not eligible for this list. After graduation, Brock signed ...
CFL Power Rankings Week 4: A New Team at the Top
The Edmonton Elks have good and bad news. The good news is ...
Ranking the top 200 players in the NFL ahead of the 2021 season
This list isn’t based solely on performances from the 2020 NFL season. ...
Top 100 NFL free agents entering the 2021 offseason
Below is a list of the top 100 free agents available this ...
Latest News
Top 10 Cincinnati Reds Starting Pitchers of all time.
The Cincinnati Reds are the oldest major league ...
Top 10 Worst Quarterbacks in the History of the NFL Ranked
It's much easier to pick the top 10 ...
Top 10 Greatest Home Runs in MLB History!
Nothing is more dramatic than a sudden walk-off ...
The Truth About Rocky Marciano
A lot has been said on social media ...
Our Latest YouTube Videos
Video: NFL Weekly Pick'em Show: Divisional Playoffs
NFL Weekly Pick'em Show: Divisional Playoffs
Video: NCAA Championship Game Preview: Purdue vs UCONN *Upset Special*?
NCAA Championship Game Preview: Purdue vs UCONN *Upset Special*?
Video: Survive and Advance: Masters Preview with Special Guest Brian Hammons
Survive and Advance: Masters Preview with Special Guest Brian Hammons
Top Betting Sites
Top Betting Bonuses
Bet365
Bet365
Bet365 Review
4.7/5
BetMGM
BetMGM
BetMGM Review
4.7/5
FanDuel
FanDuel
FanDuel Review
4.6/5
Caesars
Caesars
Caesars Review
4.5/5
DraftKings
DraftKings
DraftKings Review
4.5/5
Bet365
Bet365 Bonus
First Bet Safety Net up to $1000 OR Bet $5 and Get $150
T&Cs apply
4.7/5
At bet365 we don't do ordinary, that's why if you sign up now you'll get the choice of two great New Customer Offers, the First Bet Safety Net up to $1000 or Bet $5 and Get $150 in Bonus Bets. Deposit required. Bonus Bets wager excluded from returns. T&Cs, time limits and exclusions apply. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-Gambler 21+
BetMGM
BetMGM Bonus
Up To $1500 in Bonus Bets Paid Back if your First Bet Does Not Win
T&Cs apply
4.7/5
FanDuel
FanDuel Bonus
Bet $5 Get $200 in Bonus Bets if your bet wins
T&Cs apply
4.6/5
Caesars
Caesars Bonus
100% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
4.5/5
DraftKings
DraftKings Bonus
Bet $5, Get $150 in Bonus Bets Instantly
T&Cs apply
4.5/5
Our Team
Mike GoodpasterJosh SchwartzSimon BriffaMark LewisSamuel Teets
Mike Goodpaster
Mike Goodpaster
Chief Editor
Josh Schwartz
Josh Schwartz
Editor
Simon Briffa
Simon Briffa
Sports Editor
Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis
Editor
Samuel Teets
Samuel Teets
US Sports Veteran
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....

21+ and present in VA. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.

This site is using Cloudflare and adheres to the Google Safe Browsing Program. We adapted Google's Privacy Guidelines to keep your data safe at all times.

Close
Players accepted in the US US Flag
Stake.us Exclusive Bonus
$55 Stake Cash + 260K Gold Coins + 5% Rakeback
Promo Code
Copy
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 18+
Payment Methods
Bitcoin
Litecoin
Ethereum
Dogecoin
Highlights
  • Exclusive promo code: TGTSOCIAL
  • Play Plinko, Hilo, Crash and more!
  • Get Stake Cash bonuses every day!
Stake Originals
Dice
Crash
Plinko
Mines
×
Your Promo Code:
The bonus offer of was already opened in an additional window. If not, you can open it also by clicking the following link:
Visit Site