Friday night's CFL clash between Toronto and Montreal saw one of the crazier endings in recent memory, and one that could only happen in Canadian football. Toronto led 30-20 heading into the fourth quarter, but Anthony Calvillo spearheaded two 90-plus yard drives that led to a field goal and a game-tying touchdown pass to Kerry Watkins, who just returned from injury this week. With the game tied at 30 and just over a minute and a half left, electric Toronto kick returner Chad Owens, superstar running back Cory Boyd and much-maligned quarterback Cleo Lemon led a drive that looked certain to have the Argonauts in position to attempt a game-winning field goal. However, Lemon rolled out and threw a pass too high for James Robinson; it bounced off his hands and was picked by Etienne Boulay. That gave Montreal kicker Damon Duval (pictured at left above, celebrating the win with teammate De'Audra Dix) the chance to attempt his own game-winning field goal, from 37 yards out with nine seconds on the clock, and that in turn laid the groundwork for an unbelievable ending.
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The key thing to keep in mind here is that the CFL includes a rouge, or single point. A rouge can be achieved by kicking the ball through the end zone or kicking it into the end zone and preventing the other team from bringing it out. A rouge can be achieved off a punt or a missed field-goal attempt, and you can try to win a game by punting for a single, as Saskatchewan attempted earlier this year in a similar situation. A punt single attempt might have worked even better here, as Duval's second among regular punters with a 45-yard average, and he'd only need to put it out the side of the end zone. Still, the field goal is also a legitimate (if perhaps less optimal) strategy; Duval certainly has the leg to hit one from that distance, and if he misses, there's still the chance for a single.
If the field-goal attempt goes through the uprights, the game's over. If it's wide, though, a couple of different things can happen. If it goes out the back or side of the end zone, that's a rouge and the game's over. If it falls in the end zone, it's a live ball and Toronto can either run it out or kick it out. Rather than stationing Owens in the end zone to try and run it out, the Argonauts opted to send kickers Noel Prefontaine and Grant Shaw to the end zone, along with receiver Mike Bradwell. They then would have the option to run the ball out of the end zone and kneel down, sending the game to overtime, or kick it out if they were under too much pressure. That sets the stage for the zaniness you're about to see: