Eskimos top Stampeders to keep hopes of hosting semifinal alive

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Dan Riedlhuber / REUTERS

With the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' loss earlier in the day, the Edmonton Eskimos kept their chances of clinching the West Division's second seed alive by defeating the first-place Calgary Stampeders 29-20 Saturday night.

Edmonton and Winnipeg now have matching 11-6 records with one week remaining in the regular season, though the Bombers have won both head-to-head matchups.

Saturday's game was a back-and-forth affair that saw Edmonton take a 7-3 lead midway through the second quarter and never give it up.

Bo Levi Mitchell threw a 13-yard touchdown to Kamar Jorden with two minutes to go that brought Calgary within six points, but Edmonton managed to bleed the clock on one last drive that was capped off by a game-sealing field goal.

Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly led his offense with 284 passing yards, 48 yards on the round, and three scores. He found Adarius Bowman for two touchdowns and started the second half with a 77-yard bomb to Brandon Zylstra.

Mitchell didn't have a bad day either, throwing for 307 yards and a pair of scores while hooking up with DaVaris Daniels eight times for a game-high 137 yards.