Bills-Bengals sport canceled, creating many playoff eventualities

First, the unprecedented choice.

Subsequent, the artistic options.

The NFL introduced late Thursday that the Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals sport — suspended after Bills security Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on the sector — won’t resume and has been canceled.

The information comes amid constructive developments within the restoration of Hamlin, who stays in intensive care at College of Cincinnati Medical Middle however has proven dramatic enchancment.

“While there’s a long way to go, all signs are optimistic, highly optimistic, and point to what is likely to be a full neurologic recovery,” mentioned Dr. Thom Mayer, medical director the the NFL Gamers Assn.

In the meantime, with the postseason little greater than every week away, nullifying Bills-Bengals leaves the seeding within the AFC in flux, creating potential aggressive inequities. So the NFL will conduct a particular league assembly Friday to contemplate a decision beneficial by commissioner Roger Goodell and accepted Thursday by the competitors committee.

Whereas Buffalo and Cincinnati will end with 16 video games, whereas the opposite 30 groups may have performed 17 every.

If the Bills and/or Bengals advance to the AFC championship sport — and if they may have performed host to that however for the cancellation of their suspended matchup — the title sport might be held at a impartial web site.

Week 18 outcomes issue into potential eventualities:

State of affairs 1: Buffalo and Kansas Metropolis each win or each tie — a Buffalo versus Kansas Metropolis championship sport can be at a impartial web site.

State of affairs 2: Buffalo and Kansas Metropolis each lose and Baltimore wins or ties — a Buffalo versus Kansas Metropolis championship sport can be at a impartial web site.

State of affairs 3: Buffalo and Kansas Metropolis each lose and Cincinnati wins — a Buffalo or Cincinnati versus Kansas Metropolis championship sport can be at a impartial web site.

If Baltimore defeats Cincinnati in Week 18 it should have defeated Cincinnati, a divisional opponent, twice however won’t be able to host a playoff sport as a result of Cincinnati may have a better profitable proportion for a 16-game schedule than Baltimore will for a 17-game schedule.

If Baltimore defeats Cincinnati and if these two golf equipment are scheduled to play a wild-card sport towards each other, the location for that sport can be decided by a coin toss. If Cincinnati wins the Week 18 sport or if Baltimore and Cincinnati aren’t scheduled to play each other within the wild-card spherical, the sport websites can be decided by the common scheduling procedures.

“As we considered the football schedule, our principles have been to limit disruption across the league and minimize competitive inequities,” Goodell mentioned. “I recognize that there is no perfect solution. The proposal we are asking the ownership to consider, however, addresses the most significant potential equitable issues created by the difficult, but necessary, decision not to play the game under these extraordinary circumstances.”

Goodell praised the primary responders and different medical personnel who efficiently restarted Hamlin’s coronary heart, together with performing CPR on him for 9 minutes on the sector.

“This has been a very difficult week,” Goodell mentioned. “We continue to focus on the recovery of Damar Hamlin and are encouraged by the improvements in his condition as well as the tremendous outpouring of support and care for Damar and his family from across the country. We are also incredibly appreciative of the amazing work of the medical personnel and commend each and every one of them.”