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1987 CFL season

The 1987 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 34th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 30th Canadian Football League season.

CFL News in 1987

The Canadian Football League celebrated the 75th Annual Grey Cup game at BC Place Stadium on Sunday, November 29.

The Canadian Football Network, which was syndicated on Canadian television stations, was created. The CFL experimented with their blackout policy by blacking out four televised games in both, Hamilton and Toronto (two in Hamilton and two in Toronto). Cable outlet TSN also began broadcasting the CFL in 1987, gaining the rights to games that had been passed on by CBC and CFN.

Game rosters were revised from 35 to 34 that included 19-Non-Imports, 13-Imports and 2-Quarterbacks. The reserve list was increased from three to four. After losing money for three years Charles Bronfman sold the Concordes to Norm Kimball, who renamed them the Alouettes to renew interest in the team, but after losing money during the 1986 season, and playing before sparse crowds of less than 10000, he, along with the CFL decided enough was enough, so they decided that the Montreal Alouettes would fold for the second time on June 24. With the team's demise the CFL revised the season schedule and moved the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to the East Division.

The playoff format reverted to its pre-1986 form.

Regular season standings

Final regular season standings

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

West Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
BC Lions 18 12 6 0 502 370 24
Edmonton Eskimos 18 11 7 0 617 462 22
Calgary Stampeders 18 10 8 0 453 517 20
Saskatchewan Roughriders 18 5 12 1 364 529 11
East Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18 12 6 0 554 409 24
Toronto Argonauts 18 11 6 1 484 427 23
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18 7 11 0 470 509 14
Ottawa Rough Riders 18 3 15 0 377 598 6
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • BC and Winnipeg have first round byes.

Grey Cup playoffs

Main article: 75th Grey Cup

The Edmonton Eskimos are the 1987 Grey Cup champions, defeating the Toronto Argonauts 38–36, at Vancouver's BC Place Stadium. This game eventually became the battle of the backups when starters, Matt Dunigan and Gilbert Renfroe became injured leaving backups Damon Allen and Danny Barrett to take over. The Eskimos' Damon Allen (QB) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Offence and Stewart Hill (DE) was named Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Defence, while Milson Jones (RB) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket

  November 15: Division Semifinals     November 22: Division Finals     November 29: 75th Grey Cup @ BC Place StadiumVancouver, BC
  East     E2  Toronto Argonauts 19  
  E3  Hamilton Tiger-Cats 13     E1  Winnipeg Blue Bombers 3    
  E2  Toronto Argonauts 29         E2  Toronto Argonauts 36
      W2  Edmonton Eskimos 38
  West     W2  Edmonton Eskimos 31    
  W3  Calgary Stampeders 16     W1  BC Lions 7  
  W2  Edmonton Eskimos 30  

CFL Leaders

1987 CFL All-Stars



Special teams

1987 Eastern All-Stars



Special teams

1987 Western All-Stars



Special teams

1987 CFL Awards


Preceded by
1986 CFL season
CFL seasons Succeeded by
1988 CFL season