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The NFL will make two big changes to the AFC playoffs after owners voted in favor of the proposals on Friday

The NFL will make two big changes to the AFC playoffs after owners voted in favor of the proposals on Friday

The AFC playoffs will look a little different this year because the NFL’s 32 owners have voted to make two big postseason changes.

After the decision to cancel Thursday night’s Bills-Bengals game, NFL The AFC also offered two proposals to change the playoffs and these proposals were officially voted on on Friday.

According to the first proposal that was voted, the AFC Championship will now be played at a neutral site if one of the following three scenarios is met:

  • Scenario 1: If Buffalo and Kansas City both win or tie in Week 18, Buffalo vs. Kansas City’s championship game would be at a neutral site.
  • Scenario 2: if invoices and The leaders both lose in Week 18 and Baltimore wins or ties flaresthen the Buffalo vs. Kansas City championship game would be at a neutral site.
  • Scenario 3: If Buffalo and Kansas City both lose and Cincinnati beats Baltimore, Bills or Bengals vs. The Chiefs championship game would be at a neutral site.

If necessary, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will determine the site of the game.

Even the NFL is giving it away the crows A chance for Baltimore to finish in second place in the AFC North, which will likely happen against the Bengals on Sunday, is a possibility. Even if the Ravens win, that would put them at 11-6, still half a game behind Cincinnati, who would finish with an 11-5 loss.

Under that scenario, the Ravens wouldn’t win the division, even if they eliminated the Bengals and were better ranked. To solve that problem, the owners have approved a proposal to flip a coin to determine the host of a potential Bengals-Ravens wild-card game. A coin flip would only occur if the two scenarios below are met:

1. The Ravens beat the Bengals on Sunday, and…
2. Both teams are scheduled to play each other in the wild card round.

Now that both proposals are accepted, that means the Bengals could potentially host a wild-card game even if they win the AFC North. Not surprisingly, the Bengals were the only team to strongly oppose both proposals. Katie Blackburn, Bengals executive vice president, sent out a memo urging teams to vote against the proposals, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones reported on Friday.

According to various reports, 25 owners approved — 24 votes were needed.

Because of the unprecedented nature of the situation, Goodell knew that not all teams would be happy with the solution the NFL eventually came up with.

“As we’ve considered the football schedule, our principles have been to limit disruptions across the league and minimize competitive disparities,” Goodell said of why the league came up with these two proposals. “I recognize that there is no perfect solution. The proposal we are asking ownership to consider, however, addresses the most significant equity issues created by the difficult but necessary decision not to play in these exceptional circumstances.”

It is a situation that involves the situations that Goodell mentions Damar Hamlin. The Bills and Bengals played for nearly nine minutes Monday night before the game was stopped after a Bills safety went into cardiac arrest on the field. After giving CPR, it was Hamlin he was taken by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Centerwhere he has been in critical condition for the last three days.

Although things were critical when he was taken to the hospital on Monday, Hamlin has improved significantly over the past 24 hours as the Bills announced on Friday. no longer in a breathing tube and that he also FaceTimed some Bills teammates.

“It’s been a very difficult week,” Goodell said in a statement. “We remain focused on Damar Hamlin’s recovery and are encouraged by the improvement in his condition and the tremendous support and outpouring of care for Damar and his family from across the country.”

With Hamlin’s health improving, the NFL finally sat down to figure out how to fix the AFC playoffs and the above proposals are the two solutions they came up with.





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