Ottawa wins Grey Cup, beating Calgary 39-33 in OT

Congratulations to Henry Burris and the Ottawa RedBlacks and thank-you to the Calgary Stampeders for an fantastic season.

Calgary was favored by double digits after finishing the regular season 15-2-1.

Redblacks quarterback Henry Burris capped an epic game with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Ernest Jackson in overtime to lead Ottawa past Calgary 39-33.

Henry Burris called the Ottawa Redblacks' thrilling victory over the heavily favoured Calgary Stampeders the most memorable of his three Grey Cup titles.

Heading into the game, Burris heard the detractors.

Even the halftime show by One Direction was met with unToronto-like enthusiam. "Thankfully we were able to follow that up and get that job done tonight".

Here this year, where they had to cut prices in half, where tickets were given away with a pair of pizzas and where there were hundreds of empty seats for Grey Cup 104, there was another November to remember Grey Cup game.

"Everyone just believed", said Ottawa receiver Brad Sinopoli, named Canadian of the game. By 2016, they were hoisting the trophy for the first time since 1976.

Returner Roy Finch fumbled away a punt, while Mitchell was picked off twice.

Calgary's Bo Levi Mitchell threw three consecutive incompletions on the ensuing possession, giving Ottawa the victory. "There was too many times when I could have taken something shorter and easier, something I've always done the entire year".

Attendance at BMO Field in Toronto was announced at 33,421.

"My knee locked up on me before the game, I mean I wouldn't have been able to accept that", Burris said when interviewed by TSN after receiving his MVP award.

Amidst reports that Burris could sit and backup Trevor Harris would start, the 41-year-old trotted out on to the field late and didnt miss a snap.

"Don't go there, the guy was 100 per cent healthy and played a great game", Stampeders rookie head coach Dave Dickenson said of Burris. "I don't know if it was because the grass was slippery, my shoulder might have slipped out from under me, but yeah, once I came back to the locker-room, something wasn't right, I knew I couldn't go back in". That one ended a crisp opening drive for Burris as he marched the RedBlacks 66 yards on 10 plays and eliminated any doubts about him and his knee.

Some extra treatment and a few painkillers helped.

"Right now all I want to do is enjoy the party".

The last team to win the Cup with a poorer record was Toronto in 2012 when the 9-9-0 Argos beat 12-6-0 Calgary 35-22. RedBlacks defensive back Forrest Hightower gave his team some breathing room with his second interception of the game, stopping a Calgary drive with 3:21 left in the fourth quarter. Glenn Love recovered Rob Maver's onside kick at Calgary's 49, and Rene Paredes tied it with a 10-yard field goal in the final second.

Burris found Jackson - who bobbled the pass - on the first overtime possession but couldn't couldn't hit a wide-open Khalil Paden for the two-point convert.