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Als clip Argos on Carter TD, clinch playoff berth

Nov 2, 2014 - 9:21 PM Montreal, QC ( - Duron Carter's 23-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter was the difference, as the Montreal Alouettes clinched a playoff berth with a 17-14 decision over the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday, their sixth consecutive win.

Jonathan Crompton finished just 13-of-26 for 251 yards for the Alouettes (9-8), while Carter recorded career highs of 181 yards and 11 receptions, including the winning score.

"I should have had more. I felt I had played a bad game, but we're finally a good team heading into the playoffs," Carter said. "It feels like a completely different season from the first half of the schedule. We're on the high road now and we feel great."

Tyrell Sutton added 135 yards and a TD on 23 carries for Montreal, which can win the East Division by beating Hamilton in next week's regular-season finale.

Ricky Ray was 26-of-35 for 209 yards for the Argonauts (7-10), while Steve Slaton contributed 55 yards rushing on 13 tries and nine catches for 52 yards in defeat.

Toronto needs to beat Ottawa and have Montreal beat Hamilton in order to reach the postseason.

Crompton connected with Carter for a 23-yard touchdown and the Alouettes moved ahead by a 17-14 score with just over five minutes left in the contest.

The Argos' chances to come back took a hit with 2:38 to play when Ray exited with a suspected shoulder injury.

"The turning point in the game was that third quarter. We were only able to manage a field goal when we had the wind at our backs," said Argos coach Scott Milanovich. "We had good field position a couple times as well."

Swayze Waters' 21-yard field goal was the lone score of the opening quarter. Montreal had moved Sean Whyte into range on its initial possession, but he pushed a 45-yard try wide right.

Sutton's 17-yard scamper early in the second pushed the hosts in front 7-3, then a single and a Mitchell Gale pass to Mike Bradwell from one-yard out gave the Argos an 11-7 edge just before halftime.

Waters connected from 25 yards out in the third and the Argos took a seven- point lead.

Whyte booted a 45-yard field goal early in the fourth and the Als were within 14-10.

Game Notes

S.J. Green added 63 yards on a pair of receptions for Montreal ... Trevor Harris subbed for Ray and finished the game 1-of-4 for eight yards ... Toronto's Chad Owens posted nine catches for 54 yards.