Wilkinson was given a shot to deaden the pain and returned in the third quarter, but he was never the same. The Montreal defense stiffened, and its offense refused to turn over the ball until it was too late. The Alouettes maintained good field position, added three more field goals and won 20-7.
"You know when I knew we had it won?" Levy asked in a noisy Montreal dressing room. "When someone said it was a matchup of our defense and their offense. Defense will win for you every time." And so the Alouettes drank champagne out of the Grey Cup and poured some of it on their coach's head. And over in the quiet Edmonton dressing room Tom Wilkinson sat in front of his locker chewing tobacco and spitting into a Styrofoam cup.