INSIDE THE GAME
The Bombers are in the West Division playoffs a third straight year, the first time they’ve done that since 1986. Winnipeg’s 33-21 regular-season record over that period is second only to Calgary’s... The Riders are a league-best 9-2 since Week 8. The Bombers are 6-5 ... Matt
Nichols is 7-4 lifetime against Saskatchewan. Zach Collaros is 5-2, lifetime against Winnipeg ... Nichols has passed for more than 300 yards in both Winnipeg playoff games the last two years, with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He lost both... There are eight former Riders on the Winnipeg roster, four former Bombers on the Saskatchewan roster ... The Riders scored a record-tying 15 of their 40 touchdowns on returns this season, the highest percentage of any team (37.5%) in CFL history. Their 11 touchdowns on defence also tied a league record (B.C., 1987)... In eight games, Saskatchewan’s defence scored as many, or more, touchdowns than its offence... The Riders won the season series, 2-1, but the Bombers out-scored them, 81-63, on the strength of a 31-0 win in their last meeting, in Winnipeg. Of the Riders’ 63 points in the series, 30 came off eight Winnipeg.
Bombers O-lineman Jermarcus Hardrick (51) will try to keep Willie Jefferson of the Riders (far left) out of the Winnipeg backfield.