After many hours of deliberation, the NFL created their solution to this year’s playoffs, given that the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals will play one fewer game than the other 30 teams in the league.
Of course, after any major change is proposed, it has to go to a league-wide vote for each team’s front office to approve.
We have recently discovered the verdict.
The NFL owners have voted for the proposed changes to the playoffs that includes a possible AFC Title game on a neutral site.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 6, 2023
Although the voting numbers haven’t been made public at this time, we do know that the NFL’s notion has been ratified by the NFL’s owners, and will be in effect immediately.
This means, particularly for the Baltimore Ravens, if they win on Sunday, and the Los Angeles Chargers also win, the results of a coin flip will decide where they play their first playoff game.
If the first two outcomes happen, and then they win a coin flip, they will host their first playoff game.
If any of these outcomes fail, they will be on the road for their playoff game, and the Bengals will host instead.
The other major decision that was cleared up as a result of this vote, was the matter of the AFC Championship Game.
If that game is between the Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs, the AFC Championship will be played at a neutral site that will be decided on by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
However, if one or both of these teams is not in the AFC Championship, that game will be hosted by the highest remaining seeded team in the AFC.