The greatest comeback in CFL Playoffs history

By Dirk Soeterik

This past Monday (May 13, 2013), the Boston Bruins staged the biggest comeback in the history of the NHL playoffs, coming back from being down three goals in the third period to go on and beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime and secure a spot in the second round of the playoffs.

While the playoffs in the CFL and NHL are beasts of a different nature, a great sporting comeback is, nonetheless, great.

There have been numerous great games in the CFL playoffs, but there is only one comeback that is the greatest of all-time, and that was in the 1986 Eastern Conference Final.

Under the field marshaling of head coach Al Bruno, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats trailed the Toronto Argonauts by 26 points in the second quarter of game two (Nov. 23, 1986) in the two-game total point Eastern Conference Final. The Ti-Cats went on to win the game 42-25 to secure themselves both a place in CFL history, as well as a birth in the title game.

Heading into the Grey Cup, Hamilton was the underdog, having finished the regular season 9-8-1. The Edmonton Eskimos, on the other hand, had a 13-4-1 regular season and had just whipped the BC Lions 41-5 in the Western Final.

The Ti-Cats went on the beat the Eskimos 39-15 in front of almost 60,00 fans in a lopsided game that was dominated by the Ti-Cats from the very start, including a fumble recovery by the CFLAA’s very own Leo Ezerins on the game’s first offensive play.