The NFL opted to cancel the Bills–Bengals game following the incident with Dummer Hamlin; Announce different scenarios for the playoffs
NFL announced Thursday night that the Week 17 game between buffalo bill And this Cincinnati Bengalswho was intercepted by security after the incident Asphalt Hamlinwill not be rescheduled and therefore, both teams will have 16 games left at the end of the calendar, as opposed to the 17 commitments that the rest of their opponents will have.
Once this decision is reached, NFL He also indicated what would be the tiebreaker criteria for the playoffs in games in which these franchises participate, since both, regardless of their result in Week 18, already had a guaranteed ticket to the postseason.
Roger Goodell, Commissioner NFLThrough a statement issued by the league, they announced the reasons why they decided to cancel the match between buffalo bill And this Cincinnati Bengalsas well as tiebreaker criteria based on weekend results and different scenarios for the playoffs, specifically american conferenceThe same to which both the teams belong.
Once communication was established with leaders of the Bills, Bengals and NFL Players Association, Goodell explained the reasons behind the decision to the 32 franchises.
“It’s been a very difficult week. We continue to be focused on Dammer Hamlin’s recovery and are very optimistic about the progress in his condition, as well as the great support for Dammer and his family from across the country And love too. We also greatly appreciate the incredible work of the medical staff,” said Roger Goodell.
Remaining releases issued by NFL Says the following:
The main factors in making this decision were:
The fact that Buffalo–Cincinnati did not conclude has no effect on either of these teams qualifying for the playoffs. Neither of them would qualify for the post season or be eliminated from the post season with the result of this game.
This would require postponing the start of the playoffs by one week, affecting the remaining 14 teams in the postseason.
Making this decision prior to the start of Week 18 is consistent with our competitive principles and allows all teams to know their playoff chances prior to the start of their final game of the regular season.
The cancellation of the game between the Bills and Bengals creates a potential competitive gap in some scenarios going into the playoffs. In an effort to narrow these differences, NFL teams will consider a commissioner-suggested solution tomorrow at a special league meeting, which was approved by the Competition Committee today, consisting of two elements:
1. The AFC Championship Game will be played at a neutral site if both teams do not have the same number of games and both can finish in first place in the conference, which grants locality rights in that commitment, if all AFC franchises play their 17 The game schedule was completed. These situations include both Buffalo and Cincinnati should they advance as the visiting team and are broken down below:
Buffalo and Kansas City both win or tie, so Buffalo Vs. Kansas City would be at a neutral location.
Buffalo and Kansas City both lose and Baltimore wins or ties, so Buffalo vs. Kansas City both lose. Kansas City would be at a neutral location.
Buffalo and Kansas City both lose and Cincinnati wins, so Buffalo vs. Kansas City both lose. Kansas City would be at a neutral location.
2. Should Baltimore beat Cincinnati in Week 18, it would then have beaten a division rival twice on the year but could not host a playoff game because the Bengals’ winning percentage would be better in the 16-game schedule. in one of 17 games.
If Baltimore beats Cincinnati in week 18 and a combination of results yields a wild card round game between them, the site for that game will be decided via a toss. In the event that Cincinnati prevails in the Week 18 game and they do not get into the wild card round, their next matchup will follow regular procedures.