Competition Committee to vote on approach to AFC playoffs at 6:00 p.m. ET

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The NFL is moving toward a solution, necessitated by the decision not to proceed with the Week 17 game between the Bills and Bengals.

Per multiple sources, the Competition Committee will convene at 6:00 p.m. ET to vote on the approach to AFC playoff seeding based on the fact that Buffalo and Cincinnati will have played 16 games, and that the rest of the conference will have played 17.

It’s unclear whether the vote will be binding. Most likely, it will proceed to the Commissioner, who could in theory veto it. Given the circumstances, it’s highly unlikely that a full ownership vote would be required.

Possibilities include a neutral site for the AFC Championship, if it involves two of the three teams most affected by the cancellation of the game — the Bills, Bengals, and Chiefs. Some have suggested that, if the Chiefs are the No. 1 seed, they would choose either the bye or home-field advantage against the Bills or Bengals, whichever finishes as the No. 2 seed.

The possibility of adding an eighth team to the AFC playoff field would require collective bargaining with the NFL Players Association. There is no indication that any such discussions with the union have happened.

There presumably is a small theoretical chance that Bills-Bengals will still be played, given the unexpected good news from earlier today about the status of Damar Hamlin. That would require configuration of the playoff schedule. All indications currently point, however, to the game not being played.

25 responses to “Competition Committee to vote on approach to AFC playoffs at 6:00 p.m. ET

  1. Adding an 8th team makes sense. Also, the Ravens got cheated out of a chance to win the division. They should receive some type of compensation like an extra draft pick.

  2. This is absolutely ridiculous on multiple levels. The whole integrity of the season will be impacted by this.

  3. How about just cancel the Chiefs game? Same amount of games played for all three:Buf, Cin, KC. It doesn’t matter for the Raiders standings

  4. Here is my suggestion: the game doesn’t count, KC if they beat the raiders are the #1 seed and get the bye, Buffalo 2 and cincy 3. If buffalo and cincy win wildcard then buffalo has to play at cincy. If buffalo wins that game then they have home field for the afc champ game including against KC. If cincy wins they go to KC.

  5. Easy solution. Chiefs might theoretically be the 1 seed, but they would not get homefield advantage in the modified format. No need to make any changes to anything. As the Chiefs would have played 1 more game than either of the Bengals/Bills, the Chiefs should get the bye week regardless. There is no way either B/B should get a bye week with a reduced playing schedule.

  6. The game should result in a tie. Chiefs are #1 seed. If they lose to the Raiders, they fall to the #3.

  7. If the Bills and Bengals do the honorable thing – insist on the NFL allowing them to play – that’s what will happen.

  8. Man up and play a double header they did before they had face masks. This is ridiculous!

  9. Bills should just concede and have the Bengals win. No reason to have all this extra stuff.

  10. So Damar Hamlin will cost his team the #1 seed, a first round bye, and home field advantage for the AFC Championship game. Great job by Roger Goodell! What a way to honor Damar.

  11. It is only fitting if the Bengals and Bills end up as the 2 and 3 seeds, respectively, because then they will have to play each other (in Cinci). Which is what should have happened on Monday. And in that case, winner moves on, loser doesn’t. So what we should all be hoping for is Chiefs win, Bills lose and Cinci wins and some tiebreak scenario puts Bengals 2. Then both teams have to play next weekend (they already got their second bye) and if they win, they have their rematch just as it was supposed to be…boom!

  12. They need to play the game, if competition means anything. Damar had the best medical treatment either way. Earn your very large paychecks.

  13. Chiefs and ravens shouldn’t receive consequences for the bills and the bengals deciding to stop the game. It is the coaches and players job to play the whole hour of football. Just because there is an injury doesn’t mean you can stop the game and deal with the rest later. There are people around the country that have to deal with the death of a coworker and don’t get breaks or have to do their job later. They have to finish the week and move on.

  14. Win % and go on as normal. All this extra stuff just makes things worse and looks like whining to me.

  15. the league would like for the game to be played. More revenue. The difficulty lies in the logistics magnified by the timeline

  16. Ain’t gonna have a fifth consecutive AFCCG being played in Kansas City, no matter what.

    Thanks Goodell.

    KC been bending over backwards for 40 years to appease the NFL for this crap reward.

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