NFL picks potential neutral site location for potential AFC championship game after Bills-Bengals cancellation


The NFL announces Atlanta as the host city for the AFC Championship Game should the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs meet in the conference title game.

Earlier, NFL owners approved an unprecedented post-season plan to host a game at a neutral site after the cancellation of the Bills’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals on January 2.

The game was initially suspended and then postponed after Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest.

The post-season scenario was put in place due to the Bills playing one less game than the Chiefs and not having a fair opportunity to secure the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will host the game should the two teams meet.

“We are pleased with Damar Hamlin’s continued improvement and progress in his recovery, and Damar and his family are above all to the entire NFL community,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday.

“We are also grateful to Arthur Blank and the Atlanta Falcons for agreeing to host the AFC Championship Game in Atlanta as the Bills and Chiefs move forward. We thank both of those clubs for their assistance in the planning process.

The NFL said Thursday that the league named Atlanta as a potential host site for a displaced postseason game before the start of the season.

The NFL stated that Atlanta is “approximately equidistant from the cities of both potentially participating teams.”

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