The Toronto Argonauts added the 2012 Grey Cup title to their collection on Sunday night.
In the 100th edition of Canada's Super Bowl, they defeated the Calgary Stampeders by the score of 35-22 for their 16th CFL championship. That's the most in the in league history—three more than any other club—but Toronto's latest triumph was just its first since 2004.
Calgary was aiming for its seventh championship, its first since 2008, and had won 13 of its past 15 games. But despite entering with loads of momentum, it failed to upset the Argonauts, who had already defeated the Stampeders twice this season.
Here’s a complete recap of the contest.
Tweets of the Night
Judging by the photo’s angle, it looks like Doug Flutie, who spent eight years in the CFL and won three Grey Cups, had a VIP pass to the pre-game party.
FLUTIE (@DougFlutie) November 25, 2012
Speaking of music, over 19,000 re-tweets later, a large fraction of the Grey Cup’s audience were Justin Beiber fans just waiting for the halftime show.
gonna perform at halftime for the Grey Cup tomorrow and then my @oprah interview is at night. WATCH. thanks— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 24, 2012
But enough of the sideshow, on to actual game analysis provided by the National Post’s Bruce Arthur.
Stampeders stuffed on third-and-1. Shoulda used a horse.— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) November 26, 2012
Fireworks are versatile. They can be used to entertain. Or scare.
Grades for Key Calgary Players
Kevin Glenn, QB: C
In one of his best seasons as a pro, the 12-year veteran threw for 4,220 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2012. What could’ve been a Cinderella story wasn’t, though, as he completed just 14 of 27 passes for 222 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.
Jon Cornish, RB: C
Cornish led the CFL in rushing this season racking up a career-high 1,457 yards on the ground. But with Calgary behind most of the game, it couldn’t get him going as he gained just 57 yards on 15 carries.
Keon Raymond, DB: B-
Only one player, Joe Burnett, had more interceptions than Raymond did this year—five. While he managed to help shut down Chad Owens, he also drew a key holding penalty on a return touchdown.
Charleston Hughes, DL: A-
Hughes wrestled the opposing passer to the ground 11 times this season, finishing second in the league in sacks. He got another against the Argonauts, but it was his team’s only one of the evening.
Grades for Key Toronto Players
Ricky Ray, QB: A
It was more of the same for the 10-year vet this season: 4,000 yards, 20 touchdowns. What he hadn’t done in a while was lead his team to a title, and that’s exactly what he did, throwing for 231 yards and two touchdowns on the night.
Chad Owens, SB: B+
Owens established himself as the best receiver in the CFL, reeling in a league-high 94 receptions for 1,328 yards and six touchdowns this year. He didn’t dominate, only catching two passes for 14 yards, but one was a key touchdown that helped put Toronto up early.
Robert McCune, LB: A-
McCune led the team in tackles in the regular season, wrapping up 86 ball-carriers. He recorded six on Sunday and was a key part of a front seven that held Cornish to 3.8 yards a carry.
Jordan Younger, S: B
After snagging just three interceptions over the past five seasons, Younger picked off five passes in 2012. He didn’t steal one from Glenn, but he did get his hands on the football with a deflection.
Deciding Factor: Running Game
While Calgary boasted the CFL’s leading rusher, Toronto’s Chad Kackert ran wild, rushing for 133 yards on 6.65 yards a pop. His effort was the difference as both passers were able to move the football through the air, but only one team had success on the ground.
Grey Cup MVP: Chad Kackert
Ray is deserving of the honor as well, but again, Kackert’s performance played a greater role. He only rushed for 638 yards on the season, but he blew up when it mattered most.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.
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