Throwback Thursday: Oz kicks Ticats into 1998 Grey Cup


It’s Throwback Thursday, and we’re throwing it back to Nov. 15, 1998 — the last time the Hamilton Tiger-Cats hosted an Eastern Final.

In a wild final half minute of the game, Tracy Ham connected with Matt Cody for a three-yard touchdown pass to give the Als a 20-19 lead with 24 seconds remaining.

That left just enough time for Danny McManus to move the Ticats into Montreal territory, though, setting up a 54-yard field goal attempt by legendary kicker Paul Osbaldiston.

In a moment forever etched in Ticats’ history, Osbaldiston connected with  the wind at his back and no time remaining to lift Hamilton to a 22-20 win over the Montreal Alouettes.

The Ticats went on to lose 26-24 in the Grey Cup the following week,  but what got them in the big game remains one of the great moments of Grey Cup Playoff history — and a bone-chilling flashback for CFL fans alike.

Below, you can watch the full clip of the final half minute of the game — and of course the ensuing pandemonium at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

The two rivals are set to meet in another Eastern Final on Sunday, this time at brand new Tim Hortons FIeld. Will the Alouettes conquer, or will history repeat itself? Either way, a brand new chapter will be written.

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