Eskimos punch ticket to West Final with win over Blue Bombers

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A rivalry will be renewed in the Western Division Final after the Edmonton Eskimos defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 39-32 on Sunday.

The game was tied at 10 going into halftime, but a pair of third-quarter touchdowns and one early in the fourth for the Eskimos broke the game open. Winnipeg cut into the deficit with two late touchdowns, but ran out of time for an improbable comeback.

The Eskimos now move on to face the Calgary Stampeders next weekend, thanks in large part to a stellar day from Mike Reilly, who threw for 334 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Edmonton boasted a balanced attack Sunday, as C.J. Gable ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns, while wideouts Brandon Zylstra and Adarius Bowman combined for three receiving scores.

Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols arguably outdueled Reilly in the loss, throwing for 371 yards and three touchdowns. Weston Dressler had 114 yards receiving and two scores in a losing cause.