The postponed Buffalo Payments-Cincinnati Bengals sport is not going to be made up following the terrifying collapse of security Damar Hamlin, the league stated Thursday.
With one sport left within the common season, the NFL remains to be figuring out the main points of how the canceled sport will have an effect on seeding for the playoffs, which start Jan. 14-15.
The NFL acknowledged that canceling the sport “creates potential aggressive inequities in sure playoff situations” and stated NFL golf equipment will think about a decision at a particular league assembly Friday.
A part of it may contain the Jan. 29 AFC Championship Sport’s being performed at a impartial web site.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated in Thursday’s assertion that it has been “a really troublesome week” and that the league is targeted on Hamlin’s restoration.
Due to the canceled sport, the Payments and the Bengals may have performed 16 video games, whereas all different groups may have performed 17.
The Payments had way back clinched the AFC East and have been within the driver’s seat for the No. 1 seed within the convention. Now at 12-3, Buffalo trails 13-3 Kansas Metropolis for the AFC’s prime spot, which carries a first-round playoff bye.
Had the Payments received Monday night time, they’d have had as many wins because the Chiefs whereas holding a tiebreaker over Kansas Metropolis.
This weekend, Buffalo performs New England, Cincinnati performs Baltimore, and Kansas Metropolis performs Las Vegas.
Within the decision to be thought-about Friday, the AFC Championship Sport can be performed at a impartial web site below three situations, in keeping with the NFL:
- If Buffalo and Kansas Metropolis each win or each tie, Buffalo vs. Kansas Metropolis can be at a impartial web site for the championship.
- If Buffalo and Kansas Metropolis each lose and Baltimore wins or ties, Buffalo vs. Kansas Metropolis can be at a impartial web site.
- And if Buffalo and Kansas Metropolis each lose and Cincinnati wins, a Buffalo or Cincinnati vs. Kansas Metropolis championship sport can be at a impartial web site.
One other element comes into play if Baltimore beats Cincinnati, the NFL stated. In that case, Baltimore wouldn’t host a playoff sport, as a result of Cincinnati would have the next profitable proportion primarily based on the video games every performed.
If Baltimore beats Cincinnati and each groups find yourself dealing with one another within the wild card sport, a coin toss will decide who hosts.
Monday’s key contest between the first-place Payments and Bengals was known as off shortly after 10 p.m. ET, with the NFL saying the game had been “postponed” — leaving the door barely ajar for Buffalo and Cincinnati to restart play at one other time.
When Hamlin went down, the Bengals have been main, 7-3, within the first quarter.
Hamlin collapsed moments after he tackled Bengals receiver Tee Higgins. The play seemed to be routine, as Hamlin shortly obtained up and briefly grabbed or adjusted his face masks earlier than he fell backward.
Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest, however his mind perform seemed to be in good situation, the Payments stated Thursday after days of uncertainty and fear.
“Damar has proven outstanding enchancment over the previous 24 hours,” the team tweeted. “Whereas nonetheless critically sick, he has demonstrated that he seems to be neurologically intact.”
The canceled sport wouldn’t have mattered so far as another crew’s making or not making the playoffs, which the NFL stated was an element within the resolution.
Goodell stated in Thursday’s assertion that the league strove to reduce disruptions and inequalities.
“I acknowledge that there isn’t a excellent resolution,” Goodell stated. “The proposal we’re asking the possession to think about, nonetheless, addresses probably the most vital potential equitable points created by the troublesome, however mandatory, resolution to not play the sport below these extraordinary circumstances.”