Dee Webb (right) is congratulated by Chris Rwabukamba following his pick-six Saturday.It's been a pretty good weekend for many people associated with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who actually were humming for once in a 51-8 win over the Edmonton Eskimos Saturday and then saw their coaching staff make headlines for foiling a knife-wielding robber Sunday. Still, the Tiger-Cat who might have had the best weekend of all is defensive halfback Dee Webb. Webb's part of a Hamilton defence that's frequently been criticized this year (for good reason; they were last in 21 of the 25 defensive categories tracked by the league heading into this week). However, the Tiger-Cats' defence as a whole stepped up Saturday, holding the Eskimos to just eight points and making some huge, highly-dramatic plays along the way. One of the most impressive was Webb's late interception of Steven Jyles near the Hamilton goal line, which he subsequently returned 98 yards for a touchdown:
That marked Webb's second interception of the year and his second pick in two weeks, and it also was the Tiger-Cats' first interception returned for a touchdown all season. It didn't mean too much in the grand scheme of the game, as it was 44-8 Hamilton before the play with less than two minutes left, but it was a symbolic play that showed both Edmonton's continual passing struggles and the Ticats' improving pass defence. Amazingly, though, that might not have even been Webb's best highlight of the day, as he also made a game-changing field goal block on special teams earlier in the contest:
That one came with the Tiger-Cats only up 9-8 and one second left in the first half, and it proved to be a vital play. If Webb doesn't get through there, perhaps Brody McKnight hits the field goal, the Eskimos enter halftime with a 11-9 lead and the second half plays out differently. Webb's impressive speed combined with a missed Edmonton blocking assignment to let him make this crucial play, though, and Bakari Grant then scooped up the loose ball and took it back 58 yards for a touchdown that gave Hamilton a 16-8 lead at the half. The Tiger-Cats never looked back from there, rolling on for the win, but this one was about impressive showings from the offence, defence and special teams. Webb made massive plays on both of those latter two units, and that's why he perhaps had the best weekend of anyone in Hamilton.