CFL playoff schedule 2021: Dates, times, TV channels to watch every Canadian football game

The CFL playoffs kicked off Sunday with the Division Semi-Finals.

In the first game, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats used a huge second quarter to build a cushion before cruising to an 11-point win over the Montreal Alouettes. After falling behind 3-0, Hamilton ooutscored Montreal 20-0 in the second period to take a commanding 20-3 lead intoo halftime and never looked back. On a snowy afternoon at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field, the Tiger-Cats took advantage of four Montreal turnovers and advanced to the Division Finals despite being outgained 410-237.

The second game featured more drama with the Saskatchewan Roughriders outlasting the Calgary Stampeders in overtime. After both teams kicked in a field goal in the first overtime, Roughriders’ kicker Brett Lauther drilled a 34-yard field goal in the second overtime after Calgary missed on a 44-yard attempt on the opening possession of the second overtime.

Hamilton will face Toronto in the Eastern Division Finals while Saskatchewan advances to play Winnipeg.

It has been more than two years since the league crowned a champion. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 107th Grey Cup on Nov. 24, 2019, but the 2020 season was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 CFL playoffs, including the full postseason schedule.

CFL playoff bracket 2021

Here’s a look at the updated 2021 CFL playoff bracket:


When do the CFL playoffs start 2021?

  • Start date: Sunday, Nov. 28

The 2021 CFL playoffs began Sunday, Nov. 28. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Montreal Alouettes in the East semifinal, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders outlasted the Calgary Stampeders in the West semifinal.

How to watch CFL playoff games on TV, live stream

  • TV networks: TSN, ESPN2, ESPNews
  • Streaming: ESPN+, CFL Game Pass

CFL fans who want to watch the 2021 CFL playoffs on traditional cable can catch games on TSN in Canada. In the United States, CFL playoff games will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.

For cord cutters, the best streaming options are ESPN+ and CFL Game Pass.

MORE: Sign up to watch CFL playoff games on ESPN+

CFL playoff schedule 2021

East and West semifinals

Sunday, Nov. 28

Matchup Score TV channel
Hamilton Tiger-Cats def. Montreal Alouettes 23-12 TSN, ESPN2
Saskatchewan Roughriders def. Calgary Stampeders 33-30 (OT) TSN, ESPNews

East and West finals

Sunday, Dec. 5

Matchup Start time (ET) TV channel
Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Toronto Argonauts 12:30 p.m. TSN, ESPNews
Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers 4 p.m. TSN, ESPNews

Grey Cup

Sunday, Dec. 12

Matchup Start time (ET) TV channel
TBD vs. TBD 6 p.m. TSN, ESPN2

When is the Grey Cup in 2021?

  • Date: Sunday, Dec. 12
  • Time: 6 p.m. ET
  • Location: Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ont.

The 108th Grey Cup will be held at Tim Hortons Field, the home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The last Grey Cup took place at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alta., on Nov. 24, 2019. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-12.

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