Edmonton Eskimos 34 @ Montreal Alouettes 24

Game Details

  • Week 5
  • 17th Game of Regular Season (25th Overall)
  • Thursday, Jul 24, 1997 7:30 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, QC
    • Surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
    • Attendance: 10,025
    • Capacity: 33,900
  • Broadcasters:
    • TSN
    • RDS
    • ESPN2

Game Notes

Game Summary

Edmonton traveled to “La Belle” province this week for the second game of a home-and-home series. The first game saw Montreal shut-out for the first time since Sept. 13, 1985, and marked the ending of Montreal’s perfect record. The Alouettes were looking for revenge and came out of the gate early when K Terry Baker’s FG, 5:07 into the game, was good from 20 yards out. Edmonton responded to the challenge in the next drive however, when Bakers counterpart, K Sean Fleming’s FG attempt from 40 yards split the uprights to even the score at 3. Not to be denied, Montreal continued to attack in the first quarter led by RB Mike Pringle’s rushing, and QB Tracy Ham’s aerial attack. Their efforts resulted in Baker’s 2nd FG of the night giving Montreal the 6-3 advantage to close out the first quarter scoring. The second stanza saw Edmonton pull away when they scored the first major of the day, as FB Tony Burse powered in from 2 yards out. Fleming’s convert was good giving the Green and Gold their first lead of the day. Edmonton used some razzle-dazzle for the next score when on an option play, RB Eric Blount completed his first TD pass of his CFL career to SB Darren Flutie. The 10-yard strike increased Edmonton’s lead to 11 midway through the 2nd quarter. Unorthodox tactics were also used in Edmonton’s second TD of the quarter as LB Willie Pless made a rare appearance on the offensive side of the ball, catching a 13-yard pass from QB Danny McManus to make the score 24-6 at the end of the half after the Fleming convert was struck. The third quarter saw both teams exchange TDs as Darren Flutie hauled in his second TD pass of the game from McManus, a 15-yard play at 7:05. The Fleming convert was good. Montreal answered back at 10:32 when Ham’s 14-yard throw to WR Denis Montana narrowed the score to 31-16. Baker was good for the convert. Montreal scored first in the fourth quarter when Pringle scampered in from the 1-yard line. The 2-point conversion failed however, leaving Montreal behind by 9. Edmonton added some insurance when Fleming connected on a 38-yard FG. Edmonton later conceded a 2-point safety, but that’s all the scoring that would occur as they held on for a 34-24 victory, sweeping the two game set and moving alone into first place in the Western Division.

Source: Game Review, 1997 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1996 and 1997 Montreal and Edmonton Matchups
1996Week 2MTL 13 @ EDM 16
Week 15EDM 18 @ MTL 32
1997Week 4MTL 0 @ EDM 32
Week 5EDM 34 @ MTL 24

Alouettes record vs Eskimos (Regular Season)

Last decade (1987 to 1996)
  • at Montreal 1–1–0 (0.500)
  • at Edmonton 0–2–0 (0.000)
  • Montreal Total 1–3–0 (0.250)
All-time (through 1997)
  • at Montreal 6–10–2 (0.389)
  • at Edmonton 2–16–0 (0.111)
  • Montreal Total 8–26–2 (0.250)

Streaks as of July 24, 1997 (Regular Season)

Alouettes streak at home vs Eskimos
Alouettes streak overall vs Eskimos


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Eskimos 3 21 7 3 34
Alouettes 6 3 7 8 24

Eskimos coach: Ron Lancaster (W)
Alouettes coach: Dave Ritchie, II (L)

Eskimos (4-1-0) Next vs Roughriders Aug 01
Alouettes (3-2-0) Next @ Argonauts Jul 31

Game Time Weather in Montreal, QC

July 24th Hourly Weather Summary for Montreal
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Feels Like Pressure
McTavish 7:00 PM Partly Cloudy 24.0°C NNE (320°) at 4 km/h 42% 25 101.99 kPa
McTavish 8:00 PM Partly Cloudy 22.7°C NE (340°) at 7 km/h 48% 25 101.96 kPa
McTavish 9:00 PM Partly Cloudy 22.0°C NNE (330°) at 4 km/h 51% 101.89 kPa
McTavish 10:00 PM Partly Cloudy 20.8°C NNE (170°) at 6 km/h 54% 101.87 kPa
McTavish 11:00 PM Clear 20.0°C NNE (200°) at 6 km/h 57% 101.86 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.

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

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  • CFL (Game score/boxscore)


  • Steve Daniel/CFL


  • Data is verified (Data Complete)