The NFL announced Thursday night that it has canceled the remainder of the Monday Night Football game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals and will designate the game as a “no contest,” leaving both teams with only 16 games in the 2022 schedule.
That decision was followed by a special league meeting on Friday, in which team owners will vote on a playoff plan to balance out potential “competitive inequities.”
That playoff plan was voted on and approved.
The Ravens-Bengals coin flip for game site applies to only one scenario:
- Baltimore wins Sunday, completing a season sweep of the AFC North champions
- Baltimore is the 6 seed (not the 5)
- Baltimore and Cincinnati meet in a wild-card game (not any other round)
The AFC Championship Game will be played at a neutral site if the participating teams played an unequal number of games and both could have been the number one seed and hosted the game had all AFC clubs played a full 17-game regular season. Those circumstances involve Buffalo or Cincinnati qualifying for the game as a road team and are listed below:
Buffalo and Kansas City both win or both tie – a Buffalo vs Kansas City championship game would be at a neutral site.
Buffalo and Kansas City both lose and Baltimore wins or ties – a Buffalo vs Kansas City championship game would be at a neutral site.
Buffalo and Kansas City both lose and Cincinnati wins – a Buffalo or Cincinnati vs Kansas City championship game would be at a neutral site.
The Bengals, recognized yesterday as the AFC North champions regardless of their Week 18 outcome against Baltimore, aren’t guaranteed a home playoff matchup per the new changes.
This is why the team wanted most owners to vote no on this process. It is set in stone now.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.