Grey Cup 2012 Winner: Argonauts Defeat Stampeders to Win 100th Grey Cup

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2012

November 25, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray (15) throws a pass against the Calgary Stampeders in the second quarter at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE
John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE

The Toronto Argonauts got off to an early start and never looked back as they defeated the Calgary Stampeders 35-22 to win the 100th Grey Cup.

Toronto had the home-field advantage, although that was incidental considering that the location was decided upon over two years prior. Nevertheless, the home crowd certainly played a factor in the win as it was loud all game.

Chad Owens, who led the CFL in receiving yards this season, started off the scoring with a five-yard touchdown. The Argos then extended the lead with a Pacino Horne interception returned for a touchdown.

By the time the game reached halftime and Justin Bieber took the stage, Toronto had a 24-6 lead.

The Argos were able to stay ahead in the second half to earn the championship.

Ricky Ray was the veteran leader, winning his third-career title after earning two with the Edmonton Eskimos. The quarterback finished with 231 passing yards and two touchdowns. 

Calgary could not get going on offense, especially in the running game. Jon Cornish, who led the CFL in rushing yards, had little room to run and it slowed the team to a crawl.

The Stampeders had a big performance from Nikolas Lewis, who had six receptions for 100 yards. Unfortunately, it was not enough to help his team on the scoreboard.

The matchup itself was a bit of surprise, as neither team was expected to even reach this stage after mediocre regular seasons.

Toronto needed consecutive playoff wins over the Edmonton Eskimos and the Montreal Alouettes in order to reach the Grey Cup. Calgary needed to pull a huge upset on the road against the BC Lions to represent the West.

However, championships are won in the postseason, and both these teams came to play in the final few weeks.

Of course, the Argonauts did a little more and ended up earning the 2012 Grey Cup.