The defending Grey Cup champion Eskimos (10-8-0), who rested several of their starters, won their final two games and five of their last six. Edmonton moves on to a cross-over East semifinal game against the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton next Sunday.
The Argos (5-13-0) are done for the season. Toronto lost its last seven games and won only one out of its last 12.
Toronto quarterback Ricky Ray engineered a long opening drive, capped by a two-yard touchdown run by Brandon Whitaker. Ray was making his 200th career start in the city where he began his CFL career.
Edmonton tied the game two plays later as Franklin, getting the start at QB with the Eskimos resting Mike Reilly, found Zylstra for a 28-yard passing TD.
The Esks went up 14-7 to start the second quarter with Shakir Bell reeling in a four-yard TD pass.
(The Canadian Press)