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NFL to make two huge modifications to AFC playoffs after owners vote Friday in favor of proposals

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The AFC playoffs are going to have a rather different look this yr and that is since the NFL’s 32 owners have voted to make two major modifications to the postseason. 

After making the choice on Thursday night to cancel the Bills-Bengals game, the NFL also offered two proposals for changing the AFC playoffs and people proposals were officially voted through on Friday. 

Under the primary proposal that was voted through, the AFC Championship will now be played at a neutral-site game if any of the three following scenarios are met: 

  • Scenario 1: If Buffalo and Kansas City each win or each tie in Week 18, then a Buffalo vs. Kansas City championship game can be at a neutral site.
  • Scenario 2: If the Bills and Chiefs each lose in Week 18 and Baltimore wins or ties with the Bengals, then a Buffalo vs. Kansas City championship game can be at a neutral site.
  • Scenario 3: If Buffalo and Kansas City each lose and Cincinnati beats Baltimore, then a Bills or Bengals vs. Chiefs championship game can be at a neutral site.

If mandatory, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will determine the location of the sport.

The NFL can also be giving the Ravens a likelihood to possibly host a wild card game despite the fact that Baltimore shall be ending in second place within the AFC North irrespective of what happens on Sunday against the Bengals. Even when the Ravens win, that may put them at 11-6, which might still be a half game behind Cincinnati, which might finish 11-5 with a loss. 

Under that scenario, the Ravens would not win the division despite the fact that they swept the Bengals AND had a greater division record. To repair that problem, the owners have approved a proposal that can call for a coin flip to find out the host of a possible Bengals-Ravens wild card game. The coin flip would only occur if each scenarios below are met: 

1. The Ravens beat the Bengals on Sunday, and …
2. The 2 teams are scheduled to play one another within the wild card round. 

With the 2 proposals now approved, which means the Bengals won’t host a wild card game despite the fact that they won the AFC North. Not surprisingly, the Bengals were the one team that was vehemently against the 2 proposals. Katie Blackburn, executive vp of the Bengals, even sent out a memo attempting to get teams to vote against the proposals, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones reported Friday.

In line with multiple reports, 25 owners voted yes — 24 votes were needed.

As a result of the unprecedented nature of the situation, Goodell knew that not every team can be comfortable with the answer that the NFL eventually got here up with. 

“As we considered the football schedule, our principles have been to limit disruption across the league and minimize competitive inequities,” Goodell said of why the league got here up with these two proposals. “I recognize that there is no such thing as a perfect solution. The proposal we’re asking the ownership to think about, nonetheless, addresses essentially the most significant potential equitable issues created by the difficult, but mandatory, decision to not play the sport under these extraordinary circumstances.”

The circumstances Goodell is referring to is the situation involving Damar Hamlin. The Bills and Bengals played for nearly nine minutes on Monday night before the sport was stopped after the Bills safety went into cardiac arrest on the sector. After being given CPR, Hamlin was taken by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical center, where he’s been listed in critical condition for the past three days. 

Although things looked dire when he was taken to the hospital on Monday, Hamlin has improved remarkably over the past 24 hours with the Bills announcing on Friday that he’s now not on a respiration tube and that he even FaceTime’d a few of his Bills teammates. 

“This has been a really difficult week,” Goodell said in a press release. “We proceed to deal with the recovery of Damar Hamlin and are encouraged by the improvements in his condition in addition to the tremendous outpouring of support and take care of Damar and his family from across the country.”

With Hamlin’s health improving, the NFL finally sat right down to determine learn how to fix the AFC playoffs and the proposals above are the 2 solutions they got here up with. 

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