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It was a week that Grant Shaw would like to forget.
It must have seemed like a case of deja vu, as the Eskimos kicker missed a last-minute field goal for the second straight game, as the Stampeders escaped with a 20-18 victory in the Labour Day rematch.
Shaw missed a 48-yarder in Monday's loss in Calgary, and this time hit the uprights from 42 yards out at Commonwealth Stadium.
That was just one play though, and Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed said they missed many opportunities the whole game.
"I don't that we executed at a high enough level for 59 minutes to give ourselves a chance to put this game away. And when you're in a highly-contested game with a very short week, the focus has to be there."
"For the most part we did not execute where we need to execute, and we did not take advantage of the situation that we had to be able to put points on the board."
"I feel for Grant Shaw because it came down to a game-winning field goal again tonight and he missed it, but throughout the game there were opportunities that we didn't take advantage of and it shouldn't have come down to that kid's leg."
Eskimos quarterback Kerry Joseph said it's tough to lose both games in the series.
"Two great football games, same situation at the end, unfortunately it didn't work out for us, but you gotta get back to the drawing board. We gotta play better. Offensively we gotta do a better job at helping the defence out."
Joseph threw for 275 yards, and ran for 44 yards himself as the team's top rusher.
Defensive-back Chris Thompson made two interceptions in the end-zone in the loss.
It was the second of four 'Battle of Alberta' match-ups between the provincial rivals.
The Eskimos fall to 5-5, while the Stampeders improve to 6-4 and move into a tie for first place in the West with the B.C. Lions.
The Eskimos head to Hamilton and will look to regroup when they play the Tiger-Cats Saturday September 15th.
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