Montreal Alouettes 21 @ Toronto Argonauts 28

Game Details

  • Week 16
  • 62nd Game of Regular Season (70th Overall)
  • Saturday, Oct 11, 1997 2:00 PM EDT ( )
  • (Local)
  • at The SkyDome in Toronto, ON
    • Surface: Fixed Artificial Turf (AstroTurf-like)
    • Roof state unknown
    • Attendance: 17,355
    • Capacity: 52,595
  • Broadcaster:
    • CBC

Game Notes

Game Summary

The Montreal Alouettes visited the Toronto Argonauts in SkyDome this week in a pivotal East Division match‐up. The Argos, undefeated at home this season could wrap up the Division crown with a win over the Als. It was the Als who got on the board first however, as K Terry Baker nailed a 46-yard FG just 2 minutes into play. Toronto responded quickly to the Montreal score when QB Doug Flutie completed a 9-yard TD pass to wide‐out Jack Jackson at 10:32. K Mike Vanderjagt’s convert gave Toronto a 7-3 lead. The see-saw battle continued into the second quarter as Baker struck for his second FG of the game from 52-yards out trimming the Argonaut lead to 1 with no time remaining on the clock. In the third quarter the Toronto offence finally got on track as RB Mike “Pinball” Clemons ran the ball in from 1-yard out. Vanderjagt’s convert was good. A forced fumble by Flutie lead to the game's next score as LB Tracy Gravely scooped up the loose ball and returned it 20 yards for the TD at 9:20. Montreal elected to go for the 2-point conversion but QB Tracy Ham’s pass to SB Chris Armstrong fell incomplete keeping the score at 14-12 in favour of Toronto. Toronto increased their lead during their next series when Flutie teamed up with SB Derrell Mitchell for a 38-yard major. Vanderjagt’s convert stretched Toronto’s lead to 9-points. In the fourth quarter Clemons opened the scoring with his second rushing TD of the night, a 2-yard run at 1:15 bringing Toronto’s point total up to 28 after Vanderjagt sailed the convert through the uprights. A 45-yard FG attempt by Baker sailed wide but still scored a single during Montreal’s next possession cutting Toronto’s lead to 28-13. That’s the way the score would remain until Ham found Armstrong in the end zone for a 26-yard TD. The 2-point convert attempted by Montreal was successful this time as Ham teamed up with RB Mike Pringle with 5 seconds remaining in the game making the final score 28-21 in favour of the Double Blue. The win secures the East Division tittle for the Boatmen for the second consecutive year while regulating the Alouettes to a second place finish. Also of note in the game was Mike Clemons eclipsing his own CFL record for most combined yards in a regular season (3,300 yards). His 213 total yardage for the game gave him 3,399 yards for the season with 2 games still remaining.

Source: Game Review, 1997 CFL Weekly Statistical Package

1996 and 1997 Toronto and Montreal Matchups
1996Week 1TOR 27 @ MTL 24
Week 6MTL 31 @ TOR 40
Division FinalMTL 7 @ TOR 43
1997Week BTOR 40 @ MTL 0
Week 6MTL 8 @ TOR 46
Week 16MTL 21 @ TOR 28
Week 18TOR 38 @ MTL 43
Division FinalMTL 30 @ TOR 37

Argonauts record vs Alouettes (Regular Season)

Last decade (1987 to 1996)
  • at Toronto 3–0–0 (1.000)
  • at Montreal 1–1–0 (0.500)
  • Toronto Total 4–1–0 (0.800)
All-time (through 1997)
  • at Toronto 39–35–1 (0.527)
  • at Montreal 31–40–2 (0.438)
  • Toronto Total 70–75–3 (0.483)

Streaks as of Oct. 11, 1997 (Regular Season)

Argonauts streak at home vs Alouettes
Argonauts streak overall vs Alouettes


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Alouettes 3 3 6 9 21
Argonauts 7 0 14 7 28

Alouettes coach: Dave Ritchie, II (L)
Argonauts coach: Don Matthews (W)

Alouettes (11-5-0) Next vs Blue Bombers Oct 19
Argonauts (14-2-0) Next vs Stampeders Oct 18

Game Time Weather in Toronto, ON

October 11th Hourly Weather Summary for Toronto
Site Local Time Condition Temp. Wind Humidity Pressure
Toronto Island A 2:00 PM Clear 12.4°C N (80°) at 13 km/h 71% 101.99 kPa
Toronto Island A 3:00 PM Clear 12.3°C N (90°) at 11 km/h 68% 101.95 kPa
Toronto Island A 4:00 PM Clear 12.4°C N (100°) at 6 km/h 63% 101.88 kPa
Toronto Island A 5:00 PM Clear 11.9°C N (70°) at 11 km/h 63% 101.85 kPa

Conditions at Toronto Island A (1.52 km away). Weather courtesy of Environment Canada Data.

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

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

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  • CFL (Game score/boxscore)


  • Steve Daniel/CFL


  • Data is verified (Data Complete)