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The past five meet­ings be­tween these teams have been de­cided by mar­gins of one, one, two, one and three points — a to­tal of just eight ... Since 2014, the Red­blacks and Roughiders have met eight times — Saskatchewan holds a 5-3 edge, win­ning three of the past four ... Each team won a game this sea­son, with the Red­blacks win­ning 33-32 in Regina in Week 17. Each team over­came a dou­ble-digit deficit to score the win­ning points in the fi­nal mo­ments ... Ot­tawa set an all-time CFL record with 14 games de­cided by seven points or less. They were 5-8-1 in those games ... In their fi­nal two games, Ot­tawa re­cov­ered from deficits of 13 and 16 points to win ... The Rid­ers re­turn to the play­offs for the first time since 2014 with five more wins than in 2016, the CFL’s largest im­prove­ment ... The last time Ot­tawa and Saskatchewan met in the play­offs, the Rough Rid­ers beat the Roughrid­ers in the 1976 Grey Cup, thanks to that fa­mous Tom Clements-to-Tony Gabriel touch­down pass.

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