Winnipeg beats Hamilton, repeats as CFL's Grey Cup champs

Associated Press

Hamilton, Ontario — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-25 in overtime on Sunday night to repeat as Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup champions.

Zach Collaros threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Darvin Adams for Winnipeg in overtime. After throwing to Adams to cap the opening possession of the extra session, Collaros, the CFL’s outstanding player, found Rasheed Bailey for a two-point conversion.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros (8) throws the ball under pressure from Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive end Julian Howsare (95) during the second half of the CFL Grey Cup football game.

Kyrie Wilson sealed Winnipeg’s victory by intercepting Hamilton’s Jeremiah Masoli, whose pass deflected off two defenders, on the ensuing possession.

Hamilton forced overtime when Michael Domagala kicked a 13-yard field goal with four seconds remaining. It came after Winnipeg’s Deatrick Nichols batted down Masoli’s second-down pass to Jaelon Acklin.

Winnipeg rallied from a 19-10 deficit heading into the fourth quarter.

Masoli entered the game in the second quarter with Hamilton trailing 7-0. He replaced starter Dane Evans, who suffered an apparent neck injury after falling under two Bombers on a 1-yard run.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats running back Don Jackson (5) is tackled by Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat (94) and defensive tackle Jake Thomas (95) during the second half of the CFL Grey Cup football game.

Masoli finished 20 of 25 passing for 185 yards with two TDs and an interception. Collaros completed 21 of 32 passes for 240 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Hamilton’s last Grey Cup win came in 1999.

Winnipeg becomes the first CFL team to win consecutive Grey Cups since the Montreal Alouettes (2009-10). The Bombers also recorded consecutive Grey Cups victories for the third time, but first since 1961-62.