Atlanta Hosting The AFC Championship game as a neutral site
An NFC team’s city, the NFL deciding Atlanta hosting the AFC championship game was guaranteed to raise some eyeballs. The NFL had to devise a solution for the postseason after the league chose not to resume play between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals after Damar Hamlin’s tragic injury on Monday Night Football.
The league determined that having a neutral site for the AFC Championship game would be fair if the number 1 overall seed was impacted by the missed game. Because the Kansas Chiefs and Bills both won their games Sunday, there was a discrepancy. The Chiefs, who have a higher winning percentage than the Bills, earned the bye, but if the two meet in the AFC championship game, it would be at a. neutral site. According to Ian Rapoport with the NFL Network, the neutral site would be Atlanta.
Bengals and Bills fans react
Bills and Bengals fans reacted to the news Thursday on social media. Bills fans seemed happy with the location. Some Bengals fans felt it was unfair they didn’t have the opportunity to earn the number two seed. After all, the Bengals won’t have a chance to play at a neutral site against the Bills if both teams win this weekend.