On Friday, NFL team owners voted to approve playoff changes for the 2022 season, considering Thursday’s game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals was ruled a no-contest.
(A) It has been decided that, for the 2022 season only, the AFC Championship Games will be played at a neutral location as determined by the Commissioner, if participating teams have played a different number of regular season games. (B) If all AFC clubs played his 17-game regular season, the bottom-seeded team in the championship game could become his AFC’s No. 1 seed.and further
Matches may be played at the home stadium of the higher seeded team, unless both participating clubs are number one seeds in the AFC and fail to host a championship game after playing the full 17 games in the regular season. It has been decided.and further
(a) if Baltimore defeats Cincinnati in a game between the two Clubs scheduled for Sunday, January 8, 2023; (b) If Baltimore and Cincinnati are scheduled to face off in a Wild Card Game the following weekend, the location of the game will be determined by a coin he toss overseen by the Commissioner. Unless both conditions are met, the location of Wild Card Games involving Baltimore and Cincinnati shall be determined in accordance with Article XX of the Constitution and By-Laws. Regardless of where the wild card game between Baltimore and Cincinnati takes place, all teams retain a seed determined by regular his season winning percentage and other competitive decisions during the playoffs.
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