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Edmonton Eskimos win 103rd Grey Cup over Ottawa Redblacks

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WINNIPEG — The City of Champions is once again just that. The Edmonton Eskimos won its first CFL title since 2005 by beating the Ottawa Redblacks 26-20 in the 103rd Grey Cup presented by Shaw on Sunday.

A celebratory rally will be held Tuesday at noon in Churchill Square outside Edmonton’s city hall.

The Eskimos’ 14th Grey Cup in franchise history though didn’t come easy as Edmonton had to dig out of an early 13-point deficit.

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“We just kept believing and kept fighting,” said Eskimos’ quarterback Mike Reilly.

“It wasn’t pretty early. It rarely is with us. We kept believing in each other, kept battling and good things happened. We knew that would happen.”

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The Redblacks stormed out of the gate with back-to-back touchdowns before Edmonton’s offence walked onto the field. Ottawa capped off a seven play, 73-yard opening-game drive with a Henry Burris to Patrick Lavoie three-yard touchdown catch. Ottawa then added another major just a few minutes later after the Eskimos fumbled the ensuing kickoff. Ernest Jackson hauled in a seven-yard Burris pass to put the Redblacks up 13-0 a little more than six minutes into the game. Ottawa missed its one-point convert attempt.

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Any momentum the RedBlacks had was snuffed out late in the first quarter when Ottawa quarterback Henry Burris was intercepted while up 13-3. The Eskimos transformed the turnover into a touchdown with Adarius Bowman capping off the drive with a 23-yard touchdown catch to bring Edmonton within three points.

“There’s always been interceptions in games but we’ve always found a way to overcome it,” said RedBlacks quarterback Henry Burris.

“We were in the same situation but just didn’t get it done. Edmonton made plays. That was the bottom line right there.”

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Reilly gave his team its first lead with just 12 seconds left in the first half when he connected with Akeem Shavers for a two-yard touchdown. Edmonton headed into halftime up 17-16 after failing to capitalize on its two-point convert attempt.

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Edmonton Eskimos' Ryan King is surrounded by photographers as he hoists the Grey Cup trophy after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos' Ryan King is surrounded by photographers as he hoists the Grey Cup trophy after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A member of the Edmonton Eskimos hoists the Grey Cup trophy as he celebrates with fans after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
A member of the Edmonton Eskimos hoists the Grey Cup trophy as he celebrates with fans after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Edmonton Eskimos' Otha Foster drinks from the Grey Cup following his teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks at the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos' Otha Foster drinks from the Grey Cup following his teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks at the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Edmonton Eskimos' Nate Coehoorn hoists the Grey Cup after his teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks during the103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos' Nate Coehoorn hoists the Grey Cup after his teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks during the103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Confetti fills the air as the Edmonton Eskimos celebrate with the Grey Cup trophy after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Confetti fills the air as the Edmonton Eskimos celebrate with the Grey Cup trophy after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Edmonton Eskimos' JC Sherritt hoists the Grey Cup after his teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks during the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos' JC Sherritt hoists the Grey Cup after his teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks during the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Members of the Edmonton Eskimos celebrate their win over the Ottawa Redblacks following the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Members of the Edmonton Eskimos celebrate their win over the Ottawa Redblacks following the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Edmonton Eskimos' Eddie Steele, bottom, hoists the Grey Cup trophy up to fans after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos' Eddie Steele, bottom, hoists the Grey Cup trophy up to fans after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback Mike Reilly pours beer into the Grey Cup following his team win over the Ottawa Redblacks at the103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015..
Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback Mike Reilly pours beer into the Grey Cup following his team win over the Ottawa Redblacks at the103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Edmonton Eskimos' Deon Lacey celebrates with the Grey Cup trophy after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos' Deon Lacey celebrates with the Grey Cup trophy after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly kisses the Grey Cup after his teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks following the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly kisses the Grey Cup after his teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks following the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Edmonton Eskimos celebrate their win over the Ottawa Redblacks following the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
The Edmonton Eskimos celebrate their win over the Ottawa Redblacks following the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A member of the Edmonton Eskimos brings the Grey Cup to the fans following their teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks following the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
A member of the Edmonton Eskimos brings the Grey Cup to the fans following their teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks following the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Edmonton Eskimos' John Ojo hoists the Grey Cup trophy up to fans after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos' John Ojo hoists the Grey Cup trophy up to fans after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Edmonton Eskimos' Matthew O'Donnell takes the Grey Cup into the stands with the fans following his teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks of the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos' Matthew O'Donnell takes the Grey Cup into the stands with the fans following his teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks of the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback Mike Reilly hoists the Grey Cup after his teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks during the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback Mike Reilly hoists the Grey Cup after his teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks during the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Members of the Edmonton Eskimos celebrate after defeating Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Members of the Edmonton Eskimos celebrate after defeating Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Members of the Edmonton Eskimos celebrate after defeating Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Members of the Edmonton Eskimos celebrate after defeating Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly hoists the Grey Cup after his teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks during the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly hoists the Grey Cup after his teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks during the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback Mike Reilly holds the MVP award after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback Mike Reilly holds the MVP award after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback Mike Reilly holds the MVP award after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback Mike Reilly holds the MVP award after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback Mike Reilly kisses the Grey Cup following his team's win over the Ottawa Redblacks of the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback Mike Reilly kisses the Grey Cup following his team's win over the Ottawa Redblacks of the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback Mike Reilly kisses the Grey Cup following his team's win over the Ottawa Redblacks of the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback Mike Reilly kisses the Grey Cup following his team's win over the Ottawa Redblacks of the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
A member of the Edmonton Eskimos drinks from the Grey Cup following his team's win over the Ottawa Redblacks at the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
A member of the Edmonton Eskimos drinks from the Grey Cup following his team's win over the Ottawa Redblacks at the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Edmonton Eskimos' Mike Dubuisson kisses the Grey Cup following his teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks at the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos' Mike Dubuisson kisses the Grey Cup following his teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks at the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Edmonton Eskimos' Kenny Stafford drinks from the Grey Cup following his teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks at the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos' Kenny Stafford drinks from the Grey Cup following his teams win over the Ottawa Redblacks at the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Edmonton Eskimos' Justin Sorensen hoists the Grey Cup trophy after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos' Justin Sorensen hoists the Grey Cup trophy after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Edmonton Eskimos' Nate Coehoorn hoists the Grey Cup trophy as head coach Chris Jones, left, watches after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos' Nate Coehoorn hoists the Grey Cup trophy as head coach Chris Jones, left, watches after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks to win the 103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback Mike Reilly gets beer poured on his head as he enters the team dressing room following his team's win over the Ottawa Redblacks following the103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback Mike Reilly gets beer poured on his head as he enters the team dressing room following his team's win over the Ottawa Redblacks following the103rd Grey Cup in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The Eskimos’ touchdown was the only major of the second quarter. Edmonton also added a rouge in the frame while Ottawa had a 26-yard field goal from Chris Milo.

The Redblacks sat in front 19-18 following three quarters of play thanks to a 33-yard Chris Milo field goal.

Edmonton took back the lead for the final time with less than four minutes left in the game as Jordan Lynch broke into the endzone with a one-yard quarterback sneak. The Eskimos added a two-point convert following the touchdown.

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Reilly was named the Shaw Most Valuable Player after completing 21 of 35 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Toronto born and Edmonton receiver Shamawd Chambers takes home the Most Valuable Canadian award for his two catch and 49 yard performance.

“This is a dream come true,” said Chambers.

“To win it at this level is the best feeling in the world.”

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The Eskimos were considered the favourites prior to kickoff, having beaten the Redblacks four times over the last two seasons.

American rock band Fall Out Boy entertained the sold-out crowd of 36,634 at Investors Group Field during halftime. Nine-time Canadian Country Music Association-award winner Dean Brody kicked off the party with a pre-game show mid-field.

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The temperature at the opening kick-off was -5 C but felt more like -10 C with the windchill.