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3 Stats That Defined Calgary’s Week 4 Win Over Winnipeg

3 Stats That Defined Calgary’s Week 4 Win Over Winnipeg
3 Stats That Defined Calgary’s Week 4 Win Over Winnipeg

CALGARY – Demerio Houston’s first game against his former team couldn’t have ended any better for the defensive back.

The veteran made a game-tying interception in overtime, giving the Calgary Stampeders a chance to win 22-19 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Canada Day Weekend.

It was a defensive battle in Calgary as both teams struggled to score for most of the game. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that either team managed to get into the endzone, with the kickers ultimately deciding the game.

CFL.ca brings you three key stats from the Stampeders’ win over the Bombers on Saturday.

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2 – Interceptions by Calgary

While the total number of interceptions doesn’t seem unusual, Houston’s overtime pick nearly secured the Red and White the game.

It’s the veteran’s second pick in three games with the Stampeders, underscoring how good the 2023 interception leader was as an offseason pickup. Houston also led his team in tackles – tied for seven with linebacker Cameron Judge – showing he can be a complete defensive back for Calgary.

3 – Calgary rouges

Both teams stepped up defensively as it reached the final 20 yards of the field. The offense went a combined two of six in the red zone, scoring just two majors the entire game and having to rely on their veteran kickers to score the most points.

That’s why it was extra important that punter Cody Grace of Calgary was able to shoot three points into the end zone for singles, especially in a game that was decided by just three points.

While the Bombers ultimately didn’t win, Castillo’s record-breaking field goal gave them a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, highlighting the importance of having a reliable kicker.

That’s exactly what the Stampeders got, with Rene Paredes hitting the game-winning 52-yard kick in overtime. Both kickers combined to go eight of eight, giving their teams the best possible chance to come away with the win.