Atlanta would be a neutral site for the Bills-Chiefs AFC title game

Atlanta would be a neutral site for the Bills-Chiefs AFC title game

ORCHARD PARK, NY — A potential AFC Championship game between the No. 2 seeds Buffalo Bills and number 1 Kansas City Chiefs It would be in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the NFL announced Thursday.

The match would take place on Sunday, January 29, at 6:30 p.m. All potential AFC Championship games would be at the home stadium of the top seed, the league said.

It was already known that the potential Bills-Chiefs matchup would be played at a neutral site, but the league had not yet announced where that location would be. NFL last week accepted a neutral site Due to differences arising from the cancellation of the Week 17 game between the Bills and Cincinnati Bengals Due to the security of the bill Damar Hamlin after collapsing on the field and going into cardiac arrest after being booked.

It was Hamlin He was released from the hospital on Wednesday and is recuperating at his home in Buffalo with his family.

“Nothing was going to be fair to anybody, I don’t think. It’s a situation we’ve never found ourselves in,” the Chiefs quarterback. Patrick Mahomes he said Monday of a possible showdown site. “But in the end, I was very happy that Damar was doing better, and that’s the most important thing.

“And so he was doing better and he was in a better place, we were ready for whatever scenario was going to happen. So if it was a neutral site, that would go there. [to Buffalo], no matter what, we were ready to go play there. But we have to win that first game first, so let’s worry about whoever we play in that first round, or for us in that first round.”

The Chiefs have a first-round bye and will take on the lowest seed remaining in the AFC divisional round on either January 21st or January 22nd. Miami Dolphins Sunday, at 1:00 p.m.

The neutral site will only be used if the Chiefs and Bills advance so far that the league decided the two participating teams would have to play a different number of games, and both could be in first place. All AFC clubs played a 17-game regular season.

The Bills only played 16 games. If the Bills-Bengals game had played out as expected and the Bills had won their final two games of the regular season, they would have been tied for first place and had a bye this week.

“We are pleased with Damar Hamlin’s continued improvement and progress in his recovery, and Damar and his family continue to be remembered by the entire NFL community,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We are also grateful to Arthur Blank and Atlanta Falcons If the Bills and Chiefs were to advance by agreeing to host the AFC Championship Game in Atlanta. We are grateful to both clubs for their support in the planning process.”

As part of the NFL’s standard contingency planning, Atlanta had already been designated as a backup site for postseason games before the start of the 2022 season. The city is almost far from the two cities of potential participating teams.

ESPN’s Adam Teicher contributed to this report.

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