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NFL rules Bills-Bengals a 'no contest' and AFC title game may be at neutral site as owners prepare to vote on 'inequities'

Jan 5, 2023

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 the two franchises with only 16 games in the 2022 schedule.

That decision — which comes on the heels of a postponement following the cardiac arrest and subsequent hospitalization of Bills safety Damar Hamlin during Monday’s game — will be followed by a special league meeting on Friday, in which team owners will vote on a playoff plan to balance out potential “competitive inequities.”

In a statement, the league said the cancellation was made after determining three factors: that resolving the game wouldn’t impact the playoff qualification of Buffalo and Cincinnati (which had both already clinched postseason bids); that completing the game would require the NFL to push back the playoffs by one week, thereby impacting all 14 postseason teams; and that making the decision preserves the ability of playoff teams to begin postseason preparations now, rather than waiting for a seeding resolution through an additional week of play.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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