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Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback David Watford (6), and wide receivers David Ungerer III (83), Brandon Banks (16), Addison (86) and Marcus Tucker (15) celebrate their touchdown on the Edmonton Eskimos during first half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta.

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Lirim Hajrullahu kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats became the first team in the CFL to clinch a playoff spot by holding off a big comeback attempt in a 30-27 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos on Friday.

The Ticats (10-3) have won five of their last six.

The Eskimos (6-7) have dropped four games in a row.

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Hamilton got on the board first with six minutes left in the opening quarter when Brandon Banks reeled in a short Dane Evans pass and turned on the jets for a 42-yard touchdown. Anthony Coombs then caught a two-point conversion.

Just a minute later, on the heels of Frankie Williams intercepting Eskimos quarterback Logan Kilgore, Evans found a wide-open Marcus Tucker in the end zone for a 41-yard TD strike.

The Ticats potent air attack continued to be impressive when just three minutes after that Evans unleashed a long bomb to Bralon Addison for a 76-yard touchdown. Hamilton had 197 passing yards in the first quarter.

Hamilton went up 24-0 midway through the second on a 48-yard field goal by Hajrullahu.

Edmonton finally got something going on the final play of the second with a six-yard TD pass from Kilgore to DaVaris Daniels.

The Esks opened the scoring in the third with a 22-yard Sean Whyte field goal.

Edmonton kept crawling back with four minutes left in the third after a Mike Moore fumble recovery led to a 32-yard circus catch by Greg Ellison to close the score to 24-17.

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The comeback continued to start the fourth as Kilgore took it in himself from the one to tie the game 24-24.

Hamilton nudged back ahead with a 38-yard Hajrullahu field goal with 6:37 to play.

Whyte was able to respond with a 48-yard field goal with 35 seconds left to knot the game back up before Hajrullahu sent his final field-goal attempt off the uprights and through for the win.

Both teams are on the road next week. The Tiger-Cats are in Winnipeg next Friday, while the Eskimos are Ottawa next Saturday.

Notes: Former Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray was placed on the Edmonton Eskimos wall of honour at the half, becoming the 31st player on the wall. Ray is the all-time Eskimos passing leader with 40,531 yards and is fourth all-time in CFL passing yards (60,736)… Kilgore got the start at quarterback for the Eskimos in place of inured Trevor Harris in the game. He made his first career start with the Argos for an injured Ricky Ray in 2016.

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