It was a raucous and noisy crowd of 66,308 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal Sunday night for the CFL's 96th Grey Cup, but that didn't get to Calgary Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris.
With the majority of fans wearing Montreal Alouette colours, Burris led his Stampeders to a come-from-behind victory for the Stamps 6th Grey Cup in team history and their first since 2001. Down 13-10 at halftime, Burris rallied the Stamps with a second half comeback to win 22-14.
Burris threw for 328 yards, including one touchdown and one interception, while also leading all rushers by carrying the ball a game-high 79 yards. When it was all said and done, Burris was named the games most valuable player.
"There was so many times I used to hear that song, 'We are the Champions', I never could listen to the whole song because I always wanted to be a champion," admitted Burris.
"Right now, it's like I'm living a dream."
With most of the 66,308 fans supporting the hometown Montreal Alouettes and their CFL's Most Outstanding Player Anthony Calvillo, Burris came through in the clutch to silence his critics who said he could never deliver in the big game.
Not only was it Burris' play that led the Stamps to their Grey Cup victory, but kicker Sandro DeAngelis' foot that helped lead the Stamps offensive charge.
DeAngelis kicked five field goals, including his longest from 50 yards out. His other four field goals came from 44, 12, 21, and 30 yards out.
"This is one of the greatest days of my life," admitted DeAngelis.
"We are immortal."
The turning point in the game came when Calgary wide receiver Brent Ralph caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Burris late in the first half. The touchdown seemed to spark the dormant Stamps offense late in the first half.
On the other side of the ball, Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo let another one slip away as he lost his fifth of six Grey Cup appearances. Calvillo threw for 352 yards, yet had no touchdowns and two interceptions, the last one intercepted by Calgary linebacker Shannon James sealed the deal for the Stamps late in the fourth quarter.
Avon Cobourne had the only touchdown for the Alouettes on a screen play that set up a hole that led the only Alouette major in the game.
Montreal kicker Damon Duval went two-for-two in field goal attempts by making 14 and 19 yard field goal attempts.
After a rough-and-tumble season, the Grey Cup was awarded to the Calgary Stampeders for the sixth time in team history. The Stamps last Grey Cup victory came back in 2001, which coincidentally was in the same building—Montreal's Olympic Stadium. Except it was a 27-19 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The crowd of 66,308 was the second largest attendance at a Grey Cup. Coincidentally, the top five crowds at a Grey Cup were all at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. The largest crowd recorded was set at 68,318 in 1977 when the Montreal Alouettes steam-rolled over the Edmonton Eskimos 41-9.
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