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Als' sixth win all but ends Eskimos' playoff chances

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Montreal Alouette Duron Carter blows by Edmonton Eskimo Ted Laurent.

EDMONTON -- The CFL playoff picture is a lot clearer.

Arland Bruce and S.J. Green each reeled in a pair of touchdown passes as the Montreal Alouettes pretty much eliminated Edmonton's chances of catching them for a cross-over playoff spot through the East Division, crushing the Eskimos 47-24 on Saturday.

It was the second consecutive win for the Alouettes, who improved to 6-8.

"Any win is big for us this year," Bruce said. "We've let a lot of wins get past us. We lost some games that we should have come out on top of. To get back-to-back wins is good for us. We can't stop here, though. We have to keep going and piling up the wins."

Alouettes quarterback Josh Neiswander, who threw for 251 yards and four touchdowns, said it was good to essentially remove the Eskimos from their rear view mirror.

"It's nice to have the breathing room," he said. "We knew that this was a big game for both teams. Winning certainly gives a bit of space but we still have a lot of work to do.

"Any time you can get a win, whether against the first place team or the last place team, it is big for confidence. You can tell that in our locker room right now. Just getting a win of any kind was big for us."

Edmonton (3-11) would need to win its remaining four games and to have Montreal lose its final four games to even have a shot at playing in the post-season.

It was pretty obvious that even Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed considered that chance as tantamount to slim or none.

"It was really disappointing," he said. "I apologize to our fans that we didn't give them the kind of season they deserved. That's a personal apology. It's extremely disappointing that we have played this way today, again."

The Eskimos failed to get on the scoreboard on their first drive when Hugh O'Neill missed a 47-yard field goal attempt, and Montreal showed them how it was done.

Brandon London started off a rapid drive with a 54-yard catch-and-run play, eventually setting up a diving six-yard catch in the end zone by Green on a pass from Neiswander to put the Alouettes up 7-0 five minutes in.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 6, 2013 0

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