The Canadian Football League division finals begin Sunday in Toronto as the Argonauts enter their first playoff game since winning the Grey Cup in 2017 in search of their CFL-leading 18th title.
Hamilton dominated Montreal 23–12 in the division semifinals and, with a win, would advance to their second consecutive Grey Cup, which will be held next Sunday in their home stadium.
How to Watch Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Toronto Argonauts:
Match Date: Dec. 5, 2021
Match Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPNEWS (G)
Another chapter of the historic rivalry between the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be written in the CFL’s East final on Sunday.
For the first time since 2013, the QEW rivals will battle with a berth to the Grey Cup on the line. Sunday’s crowd is expected to be the biggest since the 2017 East final which sets the stage for a great atmosphere for a game that has more than enough drama and storylines leading up to it
The Argos took the season series against the Tiger-Cats 3-1. Hamilton took the Labour Day Classic in convincing fashion 32-19 before Toronto won the next two games by a combined score of 41-39.
Then with first place on the line in the East division, Toronto blew away Hamilton with a 31-12 victory that provided them with home-field advantage for Sunday’s game.
Steinauer, a five-time all-star as a defensive back, was coach of the year in 2019 after cutting his coaching teeth as an assistant and defensive coordinator with Toronto, Hamilton and Fresno State University.
Dinwiddie was hired by the Argonauts in December of 2019 as the 45th head coach in team history. He had more time than most rookie head coaches had to prepare for their first season in charge. He led the Argos to first place in the East and an impressive 6-1 record at home and was named the East nominee for head coach of the year.
Hamilton head coach Orlondo Steinauer said after a week of preparation his team must be flexible on game day.
“Obviously we put together our plan, then go out and execute,” said Steinauer, the league’s top coach in 2019. “Whatever they do, it’s always the game within the game. You’ve got to be able to make adjustments while the game is going.”
In last week’s Eastern Division Semi-Final, the Tiger-Cats started slowly then caught momentum with a couple of first-half turnovers before cruising to a 23-12 win over the Montreal Alouettes. The Tiger-Cats had six sacks to go with five turnovers