|1976 Ottawa Rough Riders season|
|Head coach||George Brancato|
|Home field||Lansdowne Park|
|Division place||1st, East|
|Playoff finish||Won Grey Cup|
The 1976 Ottawa Rough Riders finished in 1st place in the Eastern Conference with a 9–6–1 record and won the Grey Cup. This would be the last time in their franchise history that they would win the Grey Cup. The Ottawa Redblacks would subsequently win the 105th Grey Cup game at the conclusion of the 2016 CFL season, ending a 40-year Grey Cup drought for the City of Ottawa, which begun subsequent to their Grey Cup victory in 1976 (this ended what was arguably the longest Grey Cup drought in the CFL, though the City of Ottawa was without a CFL team between 1997 and 2001 and again between 2006 and 2013).
In the first round of the 1976 CFL Draft, Ottawa selected Bill Hatanaka.Bob O'Billovich was hired as an assistant coach.
|A||June 28||vs. Edmonton Eskimos||40–25||Win||1–0|
|B||July 5||vs. Montreal Alouettes||26–22||Loss||1–1|
|C||July 8||at Calgary Stampeders||39–37||Loss||1–2|
|D||July 14||at Toronto Argonauts||20–9||Win||2–2|
|Ottawa Rough Riders||16||9||6||1||411||346||19|
|1||July 21||at Hamilton Tiger-Cats||42–16||Win||1–0|
|2||July 27||vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers||38–27||Win||2–0|
|3||Aug 3||vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders||29–16||Loss||2–1|
|4||Aug 11||at Toronto Argonauts||27–16||Win||3–1|
|4||Aug 16||vs. Montreal Alouettes||45–9||Win||4–1|
|5||Aug 21||at Edmonton Eskimos||20–18||Win||5–1|
|6||Aug 24||at BC Lions||23–11||Loss||5–2|
|7||Sept 1||vs. Toronto Argonauts||40–27||Win||6–2|
|8||Sept 11||vs. Montreal Alouettes||21–13||Win||7–2|
|9||Sept 19||vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats||28–21||Loss||7–3|
|10||Sept 26||at Montreal Alouettes||23–2||Loss||7–4|
|11||Oct 2||at Toronto Argonauts||20–20||Tie||7–4–1|
|13||Oct 16||vs. Calgary Stampeders||37–36||Win||8–4–1|
|14||Oct 24||at Hamilton Tiger-Cats||48–10||Win||9–4–1|
|15||Oct 31||vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats||25–6||Loss||9–5–1|
|16||Nov 6||at Montreal Alouettes||26–17||Loss||9–6–1|
|East Final||Nov 21||vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats||17–15||Win||10–6–1|
|Grey Cup||Nov 28||Saskatchewan Roughriders||23–20||Win||11–6–1|
In the final minute, Saskatchewan punted into a strong wind. Ottawa would have the ball on the Saskatchewan 35-yard line. With 44 seconds left, Ottawa quarterback Tom Clements passed to tight end Tony Gabriel, and Ottawa was at Saskatchewan's 20 yard line. The next pass would win the game, as Gabriel caught the ball in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
|Teams||1 Q||2 Q||3 Q||4 Q||Final|
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