The league said Thursday that the NFL will not restart the game between the Bills and Bengals, which was called off Monday night after Buffalo safety Damor Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest on the field.
The league stated that some of the factors in the decision included that “not concluding the Buffalo-Cincinnati game will have no effect on which teams qualify for the post-season. won’t and no club will drop out.”
In addition, the NFL stated that the start of the post-season would require a one-week postponement in order to play the game between the Bills and Bengals, affecting the 14 teams that advanced to the playoffs.
The NFL noted that the decision creates “potential competitive disparities in certain postseason scenarios”. The league said the teams will consider a resolution passed by the commissioner and approved by the competition committee today during a special meeting scheduled for Friday.
Doctors believe Hamlin has shown “remarkable” improvement over the past 24 hours, the Bills announced Thursday, three days after the 24-year-old was given CPR on the field.
The meeting between Buffalo and Cincinnati had important implications for the post-season. Buffalo (12-3) entered Monday night’s game needing a win to retain first place in the AFC. The Kansas City Chiefs (13-3) now hold that spot. The Bengals (11–4) had a chance to stay on top with two more wins, along with a dominant loss.
The venues approved by the Competition Committee include a potential neutral venue for the AFC Finals. The league is considering several venues, including indoor and outdoor stadiums.
The following are the resolutions voted on by the teams on Friday:
If the participating teams played an unequal number of games, the AFC Finals would be held at neutral grounds and if all AFC teams had played one match, both would have had a chance to finish first and receive the game. ,
Those situations include Buffalo or Cincinnati leading that game as the road team. If Buffalo and Kansas City win or tie this week, a game between the Bills and Chiefs for the AFC title will take place on neutral ground.
If Buffalo and Kansas City lose and Baltimore wins or ties, an AFC Final between the Bills and Chiefs will be played in a neutral stadium.
If Buffalo and Kansas City lose and Cincinnati win, the Bills or Bengals will be in a neutral stadium against Kansas City in the conference finals.
In addition, if Baltimore beats Cincinnati in Week 18, the Ravens will have two wins over the divisional rival Bengals, but will not be able to host a playoff game because Cincinnati has a better winning 16-game schedule than Baltimore. The percentage will be Will be for one in 17.
Therefore, if Baltimore beats Cincinnati and those two teams meet in the wild-card round, the site will be determined by a toss-up.
However, if the Bengals win this weekend or if Baltimore and Cincinnati do not play each other in the wild-card round, the spot will be determined by normal process.
“As we consider the calendar, our principles have been to limit disruptions and minimize competitive disparities across the league,” Goodell said. “I understand that there is no perfect solution. However, the proposal we present to the teams addresses potential inequities of greater magnitude, which would make this difficult, but necessary, decision of not holding the match in these extraordinary circumstances The decision is made.
Associated Press writer John Vavro contributed to this report.
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