The Saskatchewan Roughriders will host its first playoff game since 2013, but it’s not the one fans were hoping for.
The Calgary Stampeders locked up first place in the CFL’s West Division with a 26-9 win over the B.C. Lions on Saturday. That means Calgary will have a first-round bye.
Saskatchewan could have secured a bye week with a Lions win, but instead will host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the West Division semi-final on Sunday at Mosaic Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saskatchewan time.
It will be the first playoff game between the arch rivals since the 2007 Grey Cup in Toronto when Saskatchewan prevailed 23-17, and the first in Regina since 1975, when George Reed and Ron Lancaster led the Roughriders on to the field.
The Lions will head east to the play the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the East Division semi-final as the crossover team after finishing with a better regular-season record than the third-place team in the East Division. The Ottawa RedBlacks wait for the winner of that game after they finished atop the division and earned a first-round bye.
Saskatchewan’s playoff game will be the first at the new Mosaic Stadium.
The Roughriders won the regular season series 2-1 over the Blue Bombers, but were shutout 31-0 the last time the two teams met during week 18.