"We believed when nobody else would believe. And that's why we're Grey Cup champions."
If you needed to sum up the 110th Grey Cup to somebody who didn't watch, just take those words from Montreal lineman Shawn Lemon.
The Montreal Alouettes shocked the CFL world on Sunday, as Cody Fajardo's touchdown to Tyson Philpot with 15 seconds left lifted Montreal to a Grey Cup win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Montreal was down, but never out at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton. While the Blue Bombers jumped out to an early two-score lead, the Alouettes never let them get far too out of hand. Led by Fajardo, the Alouettes scored twice in the final quarter, including the last-second score by Philpot, to give the club its first CFL championship since 2010.
Lemon's postgame comments were true — no one expected Montreal to be the last team standing in the CFL this season. After an 11-7 regular season, the Alouettes were viewed as a team that could beat the clubs below them, but never above them.
However, the Alouettes believed. They knocked off the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the defending champion Toronto Argonauts and the four-time West champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers to win their first title in over a decade. That is one impressive resume.
Fajardo was named Grey Cup MVP after his sensational performance. The veteran QB finished the day 21-for-26 for 290 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, picking up his second CFL title and first as a starting QB.
The Sporting News tracked all the updates and highlights from Blue Bombers vs. Alouettes at the 110th Grey Cup.
Blue Bombers vs. Alouettes score
Blue Bombers vs. Alouettes live updates, results, highlights from 2023 Grey Cup
(All times Eastern)
Final: Alouettes 28, Blue Bombers 24
9:44 p.m.: That will do it! For the first time since 2010, the Montreal Alouettes are Grey Cup champions. Cody Fajardo's TD with 15 seconds to Tyson Philpot proves to be the game winner. What a stunning upset in Hamilton!
Alouettes 28, Blue Bombers 24
9:39 p.m.: Touchdown! The Alouettes have the lead with 15 seconds to go! Cody Fajardo sends a dot to Tyson Philpot for a 19-yard touchdown. With the game on the line, Fajardo makes three sensational plays and now Montreal is seconds away from victory. The extra point is good, and Winnipeg will have the ball down four with 13 seconds left.
9:38 p.m.: Cody Fajardo keeps the Grey Cup hopes alive for Montreal. On second-and-long, the Alouettes QB picks up 13 yards with his legs to set up third down. Then he launches a 31-yard completion to Cole Spieker.
9:37 p.m.: Oh no, Alouettes. Shayne Gauthier gets to Cody Fajardo for the sack, tackling the Montreal QB for a loss of eight yards. It's second-and-18 with just over a minute to go.
9:34 p.m.: Cody Fajardo goes to Tyson Philpot twice in a row, picking up 13 and then eight yards to get close to midfield with 1:34 to go.
9:33 p.m.: The Montreal defense comes through to force a two-and-out. A first down run by Brady Oliveira only gets two yards, and then the Alouettes record their fourth sack on Zach Collaros, tackling him for a loss of six. With just over two minutes left, Montreal gets the ball down by three.
9:29 p.m.: The Alouettes are forced to punt after the incompletion to Tyler Snead, but it's a bad mistake by Joseph Zema on the punt. He boots the ball out of bounds at the Winnipeg 37 and is flagged for an illegal punt. The Blue Bombers get an extra 10 yards and take over possession with 2:49 remaining.
9:28 p.m.: The Alouettes nearly turn it over, but catch a break. Cody Fajardo finds Tyler Snead sitting down in the middle, but right as he makes the catch, he's hit by Redha Kramdi and loses the ball. Winnipeg recovers, but the officials rule it was incomplete as Snead did not have full possession.
9:27 p.m.: William Stanbeck rushes for a pickup of 12 yards, but the Montreal back is in pain. He grabs at his wrist as he gets up and heads to the sidelines.
Blue Bombers 24, Alouettes 21
9:22 p.m.: Touchdown! Winnipeg called Dakota Prukop's name all drive, and he comes through at the goal line with a four-yard touchdown to retake the lead. That's his second TD of the Grey Cup. The Blue Bombers ate up more than five minutes on that drive, as the Alouettes will get the ball back with 5:15 remaining.
9:21 p.m.: A 10-yard penalty for illegal contact is assessed to Montreal's Marc-Antoine Dequoy, setting up Winnipeg at the Montreal 11.
9:20 p.m.: It's another Winnipeg first down. On second-and-five, Zach Collaros dumps it off to Nick Demski and he barrels through a couple of Montreal defenders to get just enough to move the chains.
9:18 p.m.: Once again, Dakota Prukop gets the call on second-and-short and picks up the first down the Bleu Bombers need. Winnipeg has the ball down to the Montreal 32 with over eight minutes to go.
9:16 p.m.: The Dakota Prukop keep continues to be effective for the Blue Bombers. On second-and-two, Prukop gets the first down and more, picking up five yards.
9:15 p.m.: After losing the lead, Janarion Grant takes the kickoff 65 yards, setting up the Winnipeg offense at its own 54.
Alouettes 21, Blue Bombers 17,
9:11 p.m.: Touchdown! After Tyson Philpot's punt return went for 30 yards, the Alouettes need just two plays to find the end zone. Cody Fajardo hits Austin Mack on second down for a 13-yard reception. For the first time in this Grey Cup, the Alouettes have the lead. There's 10:58 to go in regulation.
9:09 p.m.: Just like that, the Alouettes are getting the ball back. Brady Oliveira picks up five yards on first down, but then Zach Collaros is stunned by Reggie Stubblefield for a loss of eight yards, setting up a third down punt.
9:05 p.m.: Interception! The Alouettes try to burn the Blue Bombers on a deep ball, but Cody Fajardo's attempt is picked off by Evan Holm, thanks to a sensational leaping grab by the defender. It sets up Winnipeg possession at its own 21-yard line.
End of the third quarter: Blue Bombers 17, Alouettes 14
8:59 p.m.: What a way to end the third quarter. The Montreal defense makes two big stops — literally – to force a Winnipeg punt. First, Lwal Uguak stunned Brady Oliveira on a run, and then Avery Williams blows up Nick Demski after a five-yard gain.
8:56 p.m.: The Blue Bombers get put into first-and-20 due to a penalty of OL Jermarcus Hardrick, but Zach Collaros finds Nick Demski for 18 yards, and then Dakota Prukop rushes across the line of gain for three yards.
8:54 p.m.: Brady Oliveira runs for fours yards, and then Winnipeg gets a first down thanks to a 15-yard completion from Zach Collaros to Nic Demski.
8:52 p.m.: William Stanbeck's six-yard rush sets up second-and-four for the Alouettes, but Cody Fajardo's pass is incomplete. Montreal has to punt, but it's an excellent boot from Joseph Zema that pins Winnipeg at its own eight-yard line with 5:11 left in the third.
8:49 p.m.: The Alouettes pick up a first down thanks to a nine-yard completion to Tyler Snead and a three-yard run by. Ciante Evens
8:45 p.m.: Interception! Just as the Blue Bombers were threatening to score, the Alouettes' defense comes up with the turnover. Collaros tries to find Lawler in the back corner of the end zone, but he under-throws the attempt. Ento reaches back and makes a sensational catch for the interception in the end zone. The Bombers' offense was making it look easy, but a costly mistake by Collaros gives the Alouettes a chance to take their first lead.
8:43 p.m.: Drew Wolitarsky gets his first catch of the game. The Winnipeg receiver needed nine and gets nine to set up first-and-goal at the Montreal 10-yard line.
8:42 p.m.: A Lawler catch for nine is followed by a Prukop rush for five to bring the ball down to the Montreal 20 for the Winnipeg offense.
8:41 p.m.: Oliveira has been unstoppable tonight. He gets the rock on back-to-back plays and picks up seven yards each team, moving the chains. Winnipeg is inside the Montreal 35 now.
8:40 p.m.: Collaros and the Blue Bombers start off with a toss to Nic Demski, and he gains 17-yards to immediately cross into Alouettes territory.
Blue Bombers 17, Alouettes 14
8:35 p.m.: Touchdown! Just like that, the Alouettes trike first in the second half. Cody Fajardo and the offense need just three plays to go down field, as the QB launches a deep ball to Cole Spieker, who makes the grab in the end zone for the 23-yard score. Whatever was said at the intermission by Maas and Co. should be studied for ages. That is as good of an opening drive as you can ask for.
8:35 p.m.: What a way to start the half for Austin Mack! The Montreal receiver only needs one hand to make a sensational grab that is good for a gain of 33 yards.
8:33 p.m.: Green Day's night is done, and the Grey Cup is back on. The Alouettes start with the ball for the second half.
End of the first half: Blue Bombers 17, Alouettes 7
7:57 p.m.: The Blue Bombers run the remaining seconds off the clock, and the first half ends with a 17-7 lead for Winnipeg. It was an eventful first half filled with turnovers and touchdowns on each side, but Winnipeg's goal line stand to end the half gives the West Division champs momentum heading into intermission.
7:55 p.m.: Turnover on downs! The Winnipeg defense comes up with three clutch stops at the goal line. On third down, Montreal goes to Evans again, but he's short again. The officials review, but the call stands and the Blue Bombers will take over possession with eight seconds left in the half. That's a massive stop for Winnipeg, and a tough way for Montreal to end the half.
7:54 p.m.: Back-to-back runs for the Alouettes fail from three yards out. Stanbeck's attempt is short, and Caleb Evans' ons econd down is no better. It sets up third-and-goal from the one-yard line.
7:52 p.m.: It's Snead again coming through for the Alouettes. The Montreal rookie is left wide open down near the goal line, and Fajardo finds him for a gain of 23 yards. The Alouettes are three yards out from a touchdown with 1:13 left in the half.
7:51 p.m.: Fajardo picks up back-to-back first downs through the air. First the QB rolls to his right and finds Snead for 10 yards. Then, Fajardo hits Philpot on a curl route for 12 yards.
7:49 p.m.: Montreal moves the chains with a completion to Mack on the outside. The Alouettes have the ball at the Blue Bombers' 49-yard line with plenty of time left in the quarter.
7:48 p.m.: Letcher Jr. responds to his fumble with an excellent return on the kickoff. The Montreal returner sprints to the Alouettes' 50-yard line, giving Fajardo and the offense excellent field position with less than three minutes left in the first half.
Blue Bombers 17, Alouettes 7
7:44 p.m.: Touchdown! Prukop's first attempt wouldn't go, but he punches it in from a yard out on the second rush. The Letcher Jr. fumble proves to be costly for the Alouettes, as the Blue Bombers extend the lead back to two scores with the touchdown and successful extra point. It's a 10-point game with 2:52 left in the half.
7:42 p.m.: The Blue Bombers are threatening again. Oliveira takes a first down carry and rumbles for a gain of 11 yards down to the Alouettes' three-yard line.
7:42 p.m.: Collaros throws to the end zone on first down, but it's swatted away. However, on second down, the Winnipeg QB finds Schoen over the middle for a gain of 15 yards down to the Montreal 14.
7:40 p.m.: After review, the call on the field stands. Winnipeg takes over possession at the Montreal 29 with 5:33 left in the half after the Letcher Jr. fumble.
7:38 p.m.: Fumble! On the punt, Montreal returner James Letcher Jr. gets the ball stripped out of his hands by Brandon Alexander and it's recovered by Blue Bombers' long snapper Mike Benson. However, the challenge flag is out, as Montreal's Jason Maas is challenging that there was a Winnipeg player within five yards of Letcher Jr. when he picked up the ball. In the CFL, players cannot be within five yards when the returner picks up the ball.
7:36 p.m.: The Montreal defense forces a two-and-out of its own. After a run by Oliveira on first down only gets three yards, Collaros' pass to Rasheed Bailey is tipped away incomplete.
7:32 p.m.: A completion for Fajardo to James Tuck isn't enough for the first down, as the catch goes for eight yards when they needed 19. Montreal is unable to take advantage of the turnover, as Winnipeg's defense forces another punt.
7:31 p.m.: Willie Jefferson secures his first sack of the day. After a Stanbeck run moves the chains on second down, the Winnipeg veteran chases down Collaros in the back field for a loss of nine yards.
7:29 p.m.: The Alouettes' first play after the fumble recovery goes for 14 yards, as Mack makes a great catch along the sidelines to pick up a first down.
7:26 p.m.: Fumble! After the big play to Lawler, Kabion Ento forces Oliveira to fumble and Montreal jumps on the loose ball. The Alouettes' defense gets its first takeaway of the Grey Cup, and Fajardo and the offense will start at their own 20-yard line with 10:36 left in the half.
7:25 p.m.: What a catch by Lawler to keep the drive alive! the Winnipeg receiver comes up and mosses a Montreal defender for the catch. It's a pick up of 42 for Winnipeg.
7:25 p.m.: The Alouettes bring the heat on first down, and Mustafa Johnson bull rushes over the offensive line to sack Collaros. It's a loss of seven, setting up second-and-long for the Blue Bombers.
7:23 p.m.: On second down, Fajardo tries to find Tyler Snead deep down field, but it's too long and falls incomplete. The Blue Bombers force the second two-and-out for the Alouettes today.
7:21 p.m.: Fajardo starts Montreal's drive by keeping it on an option to rush for a gain of five yards. However, there is concern on the Winnipeg side, as linebacker Adam Bighill is down on the field. He was knocked out of the West Final with a calf injury, and was questionable for the Grey Cup.
7:18 p.m.: Winnipeg begins the second quarter with a short offensive sequence. Demski gains four yards on a catch, but Collaros' pass on second down is swatted down. For the first time tonight, the Blue Bombers have to punt.
End of the first quarter: Blue Bombers 10, Alouettes 7
Blue Bombers 10, Alouettes 7
7:12 p.m.: Touchdown! After review, the Stanbeck touchdown stands. After only a two-play drive by the offense to start the game, Montreal needs just four plays to find the end zone the second time out. David Cote's extra point is good, and the first quarter comes to a close with the Alouettes getting on the board.
7:10 p.m.: The Alouettes load up on the left side and Stanbeck finds the hole, sprinting for what looks like a 32-yard touchdown. He was tackled right near the goal line, and might have been short, but the call on the field was a TD. Officials are going to review. Either way, this has been one one heck of an answer by Montreal.
7:09 p.m.: Deep bomb alert! Fajardo launches a 31-yard completion to rookie Austin Mack to get down into Winnipeg territory.
7:08 p.m.: The Alouettes' second drive is already out to a better start. Fajardo finds Philpot for a gain of about nine yards, and then Ciante Adams barrels across the line to gain on second down to pick up a first.
Blue Bombers 10, Alouettes 0
7:02 p.m.: Touchdown! Oliveria records the first touchdown of the night, rushing in for a five-yard score to extend Winnipeg's lead. The Blue Bombers take advantage of the controversial Johnson penalty to put six on the board. Castillo's extra kick is good and the Blue Bombers lead by 10 with 2:40 remaining in the first quarter.
Brady Oliveira keeps the legs churning and puts the Bombers up by two scores! 🚂— TSN (@TSN_Sports) November 20, 2023
7:01 p.m.: The Blue Bombers catch a major break. After the Lemon sack, Collaros is chased out of the pocket and eventually sacked at the line of scrimmage. However instead of third down, the Alouettes' Mustafa Johnson is called for unnecessary roughness after a high tackle on Collaros. That's a questionable call, but it gives Winnipeg a new set of downs.
7 p.m.: Welcome to the 110th Grey Cup, Shawn Lemon. The Alouettes defensive lineman, who has been sensational since coming over to Montreal, wraps up Collaros for his first sack of the day.
6:59 p.m.: Winnipeg picks up another first down. After a Demski run only gets two yards, Collaros goes deep and finds Kenny Lawler for a 26-yard gain. The Blue Bombers have the ball down to the Montreal 22.
6:57 p.m.: Oliveira can do it all. The Blue Bombers running back makes an eight-yard catch on first down to set up second and short. O'Shea calls for Dakota Prukop to move the chains, and Prukop gets plenty, picking up eight yards on the run.
6:54 p.m.: Montreal's opening drive is over before it even starts. A William Stanback rush only gets three yards and then Fajardo's attempt to Tyson Philpot is broken up. The Alouettes have to punt after just two offensive plays.
Blue Bombers 3, Alouettes 0
6:51 p.m.: Field goal! Sergio Castillo's kick from 25 yards out is good, and Winnipeg is on the board first with 8:32 left in the first quarter.
6:50 p.m.: The Montreal defense stops a Demski rush behind the line of scrimmage, and then a Demski completion on second down only goes for three yards. The Blue Bombers' opening drive will end in a field goal attempt.
6:48 p.m.: The Alouettes knew Oliveira would be a problem, but they don't have an answer for the Blue Bombers back. Oliveira makes a couple of cuts and gains 14 yards up the middle.
6:48 p.m.: Schoen has his first catch of the day. Collaros finds him over the middle on second down to pick up a first.
6:46 p.m.: After the Nic Demski completion, Oliveira moves the chains again with a run for 10 yards. Winnipeg has already crossed into Montreal territory.
6:45 p.m.: A Brady Oliveira run is followed by a seven-yard completion from Zach Collaros to Nic Demski picks up a first down for Winnipeg.
6:44 p.m.: The Alouettes elect to defer after the coin toss and the Blue Bombers start with the ball.
6:38 p.m.: The national anthem has been sung, and kickoff is up next between the Blue Bombers and the Alouettes.
6:30 p.m.: It's here and it's beautiful. The Grey Cup is in the building.
6:25 p.m.: And here comes the East Division champion Alouettes, led by head coach Jason Maas.
6:23 p.m.: First up entering the field are the West Division champion Blue Bombers, led by head coach Mike O'Shea.
6:15 p.m.: Big news for the Blue Bombers — both linebacker Adam Bighill and receiver Dalton Schoen are active for the Grey Cup. Bighill hurt his calf during the West Final and was questionable for the championship. Schoen missed the last three games for the Blue Bombers with an ankle injury and was also listed as questionable, but both are a go for tonight.
Linebacker Adam Bighill and receiver Dalton Schoen are both active for tonight’s Grey Cup.— Darren Cameron (@Darren_Cameron) November 19, 2023
6:02 p.m.: Kickoff in Hamilton is nearly here. Who will be crowned the 2023 CFL champion and the winner of the 2110th Grey Cup?
5:57 p.m.: CFL fans expected to see the Blue Bombers in the Grey Cup, as Winnipeg has been the most dominant team all year long. But the Alouettes are peaking at the right time, riding and seven-game winning streak into Sunday that dates back to Week 16.
5:48 p.m.: A reminder that today's halftime entertainment is a Dookie — I mean, doozy. The California punk rock band Green Day is set to headline the halftime show on Sunday.
Green Day x Grey Cup 110 🔥— TSN (@TSN_Sports) November 14, 2023
A modern, CFL edition of Green Day’s iconic ‘Dookie’ cover, created by Brad Dale of the CFL.
Tune into TSN on Sunday to watch the 110th Grey Cup in Hamilton. Kickoff is set for 6:00pm EST 🏈 pic.twitter.com/O6VOK6PIn2
5:40 p.m.: Veteran defensive end Willie Jefferson gets the Blue Bombers going ahead of kickoff.
5:25 p.m.: According to the latest odds at Sports Interaction, the Blue Bombers enter today's Grey Cup as seven-point favorites, with the over-under set at 47 points.
5:10 p.m.: The QB battle today is between Winnipeg's Zach Collaros and Montreal's Cody Fajardo. Collaros led the league in passing TDs (33) and was second in passing yards (4,252), while Fajardo ranked first among the starting QBs in completion percentage (71.4%).
5 p.m.: Winnipeg and Montreal are two of the oldest CFL franchises still active, but how about this for a fun fact — the two clubs have never played against one another in a Grey Cup. The Blue Bombers have a league-high 27 Grey Cup appearances and the Alouettes have 18, but the 2023 title game marks the first time these two sides go head-to-head in a CFL title game.
4:50 p.m.: The Alouettes are making their first Grey Cup appearance since 2010. That's also the last time Montreal has won a CFL title, defeating the Saskatchewan Roughriders for their seventh championship in club history.
4:45 p.m.: The Blue Bombers have dominated the West Division. This marks the fourth consecutive season that Winnipeg has emerged of the West, looking for the organization's 13th CFL title. Their last championship came in 2021 when the Blue Bombers took down the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
4:30 p.m.: Pregame hype video? Pregame hype video:
Grey Cup 2023 start time
- Date: Sunday, Nov. 19
- Kickoff time: 6 p.m. ET
The 2023 Grey Cup will kick off at approximately 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov 19.
The game is being played at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ont.
What channel is the Grey Cup on?
- TV Channel: TSN, RDS
- Live stream: TSN+, CFL+
TSN will conclude its coverage of the CFL season by broadcasting the 110th Grey Cup on its network. For the French-speaking audience, RDS will have the championship game.
For Canadians looking to stream the action, it can be done so through TSN+.
Viewers in the United States will be able to watch the CFL playoffs through CFL+, the league's new free, online live streaming platform. It will not be available to watch on cable.
Where is the Grey Cup in 2023?
- City: Hamilton, Ont.
- Stadium: Tim Hortons Field
The 110th Grey Cup will be played in Ontario. Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton will be the site for this year's CFL championship game.
This is the 11th time that Hamilton is the site for the CFL championship game. Tim Hortons Field previously hosted the 108th Grey Cup in 2021.
2023 CFL playoff schedule, results
Here is the full schedule from the 2023 CFL playoffs, including the previous results for the Alouettes and the Blue Bombers:
|Saturday, Nov. 4||Montreal 27, Hamilton 21 (East Semifinal)||FINAL|
|Saturday, Nov. 4||BC 41, Calgary 30 (West Semifinal)||FINAL|
|Saturday, Nov. 11||Montreal 38, Toronto 17 (East Final)||FINAL|
|Saturday, Nov. 11||Winnipeg 24, BC 13 (West Final)||FINAL|
|Sunday, Nov. 19||Montreal vs. Winnipeg (110th Grey Cup)||6 p.m.|