The NFL passed a resolution to potentially move the AFC Championship Game to a neutral site following Thursday’s cancellation of the Week 17 matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals to «mitigate potential competitive inequality» in the AFC playoffs.

The NFL said in the resolution released Friday afternoon that the league’s owners made the decision during a special league meeting to create the fairest scenario possible based on two teams that have played one less game in the regular season.

A view of Highmark Stadium before a game between the Buffalo Bills and the Green Bay Packers on October 30, 2022 in Orchard Park, NY
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«For the 2022 season only, the AFC Championship Game will be played at a neutral site, as determined by the Commissioner, if (A) the participating teams played a different number of regular season games; and (B) the The lowest-ranked team in the championship game could have been the number one seed in the AFC if all AFC clubs had played a full 17-game regular season,» the resolution read in part.

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«And it is further resolved that, unless both participating clubs could have been the number one seed in the AFC and host the championship game had they played a full 17-game regular season, the game shall be played at the home stadium of the highest seeded team.»

The resolution also approved a lottery to decide the site of a possible wild card game between the Bengals and Baltimore Ravens.

Joe Burrow (9) of the Cincinnati Bengals and his teammates walk to the locker room after a game against the Buffalo Bills was called due to an injury to Buffalo Bills' Damar Hamlin during the first quarter of a game at Paycor Stadium on January 2.  2023, in Cincinnati.

Joe Burrow (9) of the Cincinnati Bengals and his teammates walk to the locker room after a game against the Buffalo Bills was called due to an injury to Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin during the first quarter of a game at Paycor Stadium on January 2. 2023, in Cincinnati.
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If Baltimore were to beat cincinnati On Sunday and the two meet the following week in the wild card round, the Ravens would still lose home field advantage despite holding two wins over a divisional opponent because the Bengals clinched the AFC North title with the ruling. of «non-competition». .

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«Unless both conditions are met, the site of any Wild Card Game involving Baltimore and Cincinnati shall be determined under Article XX of the Constitution and Bylaws. Regardless of where a Wild Card Game between Baltimore and Cincinnati is played, all teams will retain their position as determined by regular season winning percentage through the playoffs and for other competitive determinations.»

The AFC championship game could be at a neutral site under three different scenarios.

Scenario 1

Buffalo and Kansas City win or tie. A championship game of Buffalo vs. Kansas City would be played at a neutral site.

scenario 2

Buffalo and Kansas City lose and Baltimore win or tie. A championship game of Buffalo vs. Kansas City would be a neutral site.

Scenario 3

Buffalo and Kansas City lose, and Cincinnati wins. A Buffalo or Cincinnati vs. Kansas City championship game would be at a neutral site.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the field before a game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 15, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the field before a game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 15, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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“In considering the football schedule, our principles have been to limit disruption to the league and minimize competitive inequalities,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday.

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«I recognize that there is no perfect solution. However, the proposal we are asking ownership to consider addresses the most significant potential equity issues created by the difficult but necessary decision not to play the game in these extraordinary circumstances.»

Fox News’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.