Hamilton Tiger-Cats 41 @ Montreal Alouettes 45 OT

Game Details

  • Week 18
  • 74th Game of Regular Season (83rd Overall)
  • Friday, Oct 25, 1996 7:30 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, QC
    • Surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
    • Attendance: 20,231
    • Capacity: 56,245
  • Broadcasters:
    • TSN
    • RDS

Game Notes

Game Summary

In one of the most entertaining games of the season, the Montreal Alouettes secured home field advantage for the East Semi-final with a thrilling 45-41 overtime victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Tiger-Cats jumped out to early 14-0 lead on touchdowns by Ted Long and Mike Saunders. The Als cut into that lead with just seven seconds left in the first quarter when Mike Pringle carried it in from 1 yard out making the score after the opening stanza, 14-7 In favour of the Tabbies. A Paul Osbaldiston 10 yard field goal opened up the second quarter scoring and increased Hamilton’s lead to 10 points but Pringle countered with his second major of the game cutting the lead to just 3. Montreal grabbed their first lead of the contest at 12:30 of the second stanza when DB Harold Nash stepped in front of an Anthony Calvillo pass and returned it 34 yards for the major score. Baker added a FG with no time showing sending the Als into the locker room with a 24-17 half-time lead. Jock Climie added to that lead at 9:57 of the third quarter when he ran under a Tracy Ham pass for a 34 yard TD. However, the Tiger-Cats showed their resilience when Calvillo hooked up with Long for his second TD of the game trimming the Alouette lead to 11 after three periods of play. Long and Calvillo hooked up for the third time early in the fourth quarter to bring the Tabbies to within 4. Just six minutes later, Ham scrambled out of the pocket and found RB Michael Soles at close range for a 2 yard TD restoring Montreal’s 11-point lead. However, on the very next series, K Paul Osbaldiston trimmed the lead to 8 when he split the uprights from 27 yards out. Hamilton completed the comeback when Calvillo teamed up with SB Rob Crifo for a 70 yard TD. The ensuing 2-point convert attempt was good sending the teams to overtime. Montreal scored first in the opening frame of overtime as Nigel Williams scored a 23 yard TD. Hamilton posted a courageous drive but was stopped short and facing a 3-20 situation, Osbaldiston booted a 38 yard FG to bring them to within 4 but this would be as close as they would get as the Als went on to post a 45-41 victory.

Source: Game Review, 1996 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1995 and 1996 Montreal and Hamilton Matchups
1996Week BMTL 43 @ HAM 39
Week 7HAM 22 @ MTL 29
Week 14MTL 38 @ HAM 39
Week 18HAM 41 @ MTL 45 OT
Division Semi-FinalHAM 11 @ MTL 22

Alouettes record vs Tiger-Cats (Regular Season)

Last decade (1986 to 1995)
  • at Montreal 2–0–0 (1.000)
  • at Hamilton 0–1–0 (0.000)
  • Montreal Total 2–1–0 (0.667)
All-time (through 1996)
  • at Montreal 41–22–4 (0.642)
  • at Hamilton 21–42–2 (0.338)
  • Montreal Total 62–64–6 (0.492)

Streaks as of Oct. 25, 1996 (Regular Season)

Alouettes streak at home vs Tiger-Cats
Alouettes streak overall vs Tiger-Cats


1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT1 OT2 Final
Tiger-Cats 14 3 3 18 3 0 41
Alouettes 7 17 7 7 7 0 45

Player of the Game Offence

Tracy Ham MTL (QB)

Player of the Game Defence

Harold Nash, Jr. MTL (DB)

Tiger-Cats coach: Don Sutherin (L)
Alouettes coach: Bob Price (W)

Tiger-Cats (8-9-0) Next vs Argonauts Nov 02
Alouettes (11-6-0) Next @ Blue Bombers Nov 02

Game Time Weather in Montreal, QC

October 25th Hourly Weather Summary for Montreal
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Pressure
McTavish 7:00 PM Breezy and Overcast 10.0°C NNE (300°) at 2 km/h 65% 101.50 kPa
McTavish 8:00 PM Breezy and Mostly Cloudy 9.5°C NNE (290°) at 2 km/h 68% 101.60 kPa
McTavish 9:00 PM Partly Cloudy 8.4°C NNE (260°) at 0 km/h 74% 101.66 kPa
McTavish 10:00 PM Mostly Cloudy 8.0°C NNE (330°) at 4 km/h 77% 101.76 kPa
McTavish 11:00 PM Overcast 7.8°C NE (340°) at 4 km/h 72% 101.88 kPa

Conditions at McTavish (6.26 km away). Weather courtesy of Environment Canada Data.

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

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

League Records Set and Approached in HAM @ MTL
Including known plays over 55 yards

Regular Season
ValuePersonRecord Held Span OR
Passing Yards – Game 14th 14th 542 yards Anthony Calvillo


  • CFL (Game score/boxscore)


  • Steve Daniel/CFL


  • Data is verified (Data Complete)