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High drama in Winnipeg; is Hajrullahu done?

If you missed the conclusion to the Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers game Saturday, you’d better have a good excuse. Now *that* was an ending full of drama.

Sean Whyte of the Eskimos kicked a 53-yard field goal on the last play of the game to seal the 24-23 win for Edmonton but how the game got there was nothing short of fascinating.

Saying Liriam Hajrullahu has struggled while kicking this season for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers would be an understatement – and his problems hit an all time low in this game. Not only did me miss *another* extra point but he missed his first *four* field goals of the game. If he makes even half of those kicks, the Eskimos would be hard-pressed to catch Calgary for first place in the West; next Saturday’s game at McMahon just got a whole lot more important.

After Hajrullahu missed his fourth straight field goal, I went to Twitter to see if fans thought this would be his last game in the Canadian Football League.

Cue the rollercoaster of emotions for Bomber fans. Matt Nichols (320 yards passing on the day) drove his team down the field with less than a minute to go and Hajrullahu was given one more shot to nail a 45-yard field goal to give Winnipeg a two-point lead with less than 60 seconds to go. Chris Jones calls a timeout to make Hajrullahu think about it a little longer. Bomber fans cover their eyes. It’s good! Bombers have the lead.

Not so fast.

Not one to be outdone by his former teammate, a composed Mike Reilly gets the Eskimos into field goal range for Sean Whyte to launch a 53-yard bomb on the last play of the game. Poor Winnipeg. They’ll play the Lions next week to try and keep their playoff hopes alive.

The win clinches a playoff spot for Edmonton and sets up a first place date on Saturday night with the Stamps at McMahon Stadium, a venue they haven’t won in since 2011.

– written by Travis Currah