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NFL announces post-season plan with Bills-Bengals game canceled and multiple scenarios

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The Bills will have a #3 on their jersey’s Sunday and teams around the league will paint the #3 on the 30-yard-line in Bills’ red or blue.

The NFL emailed this at 1:25 p.m. Friday to the Wellsville and Hornell Sun:

2023 Resolution G-1
Whereas, the January 2, 2023, game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals
was suspended following a life-threatening injury to a Bills player, and the game was later
postponed; and

Whereas, the game was subsequently cancelled because completing the game would have
no effect on which teams qualify for the playoffs and would have required postponing the start of
postseason play; and

Whereas, at the time the game was cancelled, multiple AFC clubs had an opportunity to
be the number one seed in the American Football Conference, including hosting the AFC
Championship Game; and

Whereas, the membership wishes to mitigate a possible competitive inequity that may
result from having the host team for the AFC Championship be determined by seeding based on
teams playing a different number of regular season games; and

Whereas, the membership wishes to mitigate the additional potential competitive inequity
that may result from Baltimore and Cincinnati playing an uneven number of games such that
Baltimore cannot win the AFC North Division and host a potential playoff game against
Cincinnati;

Be it Resolved, that for the 2022 season only, the AFC Championship Game will be played at a
neutral site, to be determined by the Commissioner, if (A) the participating teams played a
different number of regular season games; and (B) the lower seeded team in the Championship
Game could have been the number one seed in the AFC if a full 17-game regular season had
been played by all AFC clubs; and further

Resolved, that unless both participating clubs could have been the number one seed in the
AFC and host the Championship Game had they played a full 17-game regular season, the game
shall be played at the home stadium of the higher-seeded team; and further

Resolved, that if (a) Baltimore defeats Cincinnati in the game between the two clubs
scheduled for Sunday, January 8, 2023; and (b) Baltimore and Cincinnati are scheduled to play
against one another in a Wild Card Game the following weekend, the site of the game will be
determined by a coin toss supervised by the Commissioner. Unless both conditions are met, the
site of any Wild Card Game involving Baltimore and Cincinnati shall be determined per Article
XX of the Constitution and Bylaws. Irrespective of where a Wild Card game between Baltimore
and Cincinnati is played, all teams will retain their seeding as determined by the regular season
winning percentage throughout the playoffs and for other competitive determinations.
Submitted by: Commissioner’s Office, with support of the Competition
Committee.

Reason: To mitigate certain competitive effects in the AFC playoffs resulting
from two clubs playing fewer regular season games.

Effect: To require the AFC Championship Game to be played at a neutral site
and to provide for a possible site change in a Wild Card Game between Baltimore and
Cincinnati under defined conditions.

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