Edmonton Eskimos 34 @ BC Lions 31

Game Details

  • Week 16
  • 66th Game of Regular Season (75th Overall)
  • Saturday, Oct 12, 1996 6:30 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC
    • Surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
    • Attendance: 18,031
    • Capacity: 40,800
  • Broadcaster:
    • TSN

Game Notes

Original start time 7:30 pm local and not scheduled to be televised.

Game Summary

It was do or die for the hometown Lions, as anything short of a win would put an end to their 1996 playoff hopes. The 18,031 fans in attendance saw Edmonton kicker Sean Fleming draw first blood with a 51 yard field goal. The Lions countered two minutes later when B.C. hoofer Lui Passaglia split the uprights from 45 yards out. The Eskimos then rounded out the first quarter scoring with a 10-point scoring barrage. Following a Fleming 45 yard field goal, WR Eddie Brown scored a 28 yard TD putting Edmonton up by a 13-3 count after one period of play. The always strong Eskimos defence got into the act when LB Willie Pless broke through the Lions’ offensive line and sacked QB Damon Allen recording a safety. RB Tony Burse continued the Eskimos onslaught with a 9 yard TD. This was followed by Fleming’s third field goal of the day, this one from 32 yards out giving Edmonton what would seem to be a comfortable 25-3 lead. The Lions would cut into that lead with just 56 seconds left to play in the first half when WR Mike Trevathan hauled in a 9 yard pass for the major. The score at the end of two quarters of play showed the Eskimos up by 15, 25-10. B.C. Head Coach Joe Paopao’s words of inspiration during the half-time seemed to have an astounding effect on the play of his team. They came out in the third quarter and put up 21 points on touchdowns by Brandon Hamilton, Matt Clark and Mike Trevathan. Fleming’s 47 yard field goal accounted for the only Eskimo points of the quarter as the Lions took a slim 31-28 lead into the fourth quarter. The two teams’ defences controlled the fourth quarter but at 12:26 Fleming connected for his fourth field goal of the game to tie the match at 31. Then an unfortunate incident would cost the Lions, not only the game, but also their hopes of advancing to post-season play. Fleming had the opportunity to win the game with no time left on the clock, but his 33 yard field goal attempt was wide. Lion’s RB Cory Philpot, made a heads up play by booting the ball back out of the end zone preserving the tie, however, Brandon Hamilton jumped on the loose ball and was charged with no yards. After the application of the penalty, Fleming was left with a chip shot for the win. The final score, Edmonton 34, B.C. 31.

Source: Game Review, 1996 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1995 and 1996 BC and Edmonton Matchups
1995Week ABC 22 @ EDM 23
Week 13EDM 33 @ BC 18
Week 14BC 36 @ EDM 39 OT
Division Semi-FinalBC 15 @ EDM 26
1996Week 1EDM 28 @ BC 14
Week 14BC 12 @ EDM 32
Week 16EDM 34 @ BC 31

Lions record vs Eskimos (Regular Season)

Last decade (1986 to 1995)
  • at BC 4–11–0 (0.267)
  • at Edmonton 7–7–0 (0.500)
  • BC Total 11–18–0 (0.379)
All-time (through 1996)
  • at BC 23–39–3 (0.377)
  • at Edmonton 22–42–1 (0.346)
  • BC Total 45–81–4 (0.362)

Streaks as of Oct. 12, 1996 (Regular Season)

Lions streak at home vs Eskimos
Lions streak overall vs Eskimos


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Eskimos 13 12 3 6 34
Lions 3 7 21 0 31

Player of the Game Offence

Sean Fleming EDM (K)

Player of the Game Defence

Tom Europe BC (S)

Eskimos coach: Ron Lancaster (W)
Lions coach: Joe Paopao (L)

Eskimos (10-6-0) Next vs Argonauts Oct 20
Lions (4-11-0) Next @ Roughriders Oct 19

Game Time Weather in Vancouver, BC

October 12th Hourly Weather Summary for Vancouver
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Pressure
Vancouver Harbour CS 3:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 12.8°C N (80°) at 11 km/h NA 101.25 kPa
Vancouver Harbour CS 4:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 12.9°C NNE (280°) at 3 km/h NA 101.64 kPa
Vancouver Harbour CS 5:00 PM Overcast 13.0°C N (90°) at 12 km/h NA 101.22 kPa
Vancouver Harbour CS 6:00 PM Overcast 13.1°C N (70°) at 11 km/h NA 101.20 kPa
Vancouver Harbour CS 7:00 PM Overcast 13.0°C N (80°) at 18 km/h NA 101.15 kPa

Conditions at Vancouver Harbour CS (2.24 km away). Weather courtesy of Environment Canada Data.

Data from Dark Sky. Contains supplemental data (Conditions, Wind direction, Wind speed, Pressure, Cloud cover) from Dark Sky estimated conditions.

League Records Set and Approached in EDM @ BC
Including known plays over 55 yards

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  • CFL (Game score/boxscore)


  • Steve Daniel/CFL


  • Data is verified (Data Complete)