If the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs meet in the AFC Championship Gameneither team will have home court advantage.
The NFL’s decision to play the game at a neutral site came last week after Monday night’s game between the Bills and Cincinnati Bengals was canceled after Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest in the first trimester.
Neutral-site play was finalized Friday after a special meeting with league owners to «mitigate potential competitive unfairness» in the AFC playoffs.
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The Chiefs finished the regular season atop the AFC with a 14-3 record, earning a first-round bye.
Buffalo, playing one less game, finished the regular season with a 13-3 record and will be the No. 2 seed in the AFC.
Monday, Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes asked if the NFL’s decision was fair, and the Super Bowl-winning quarterback said the Chiefs were ready for whatever the NFL decided.
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«Nothing was going to be fair to anybody, I don’t think so,» Mahomes said. «It’s a situation we’ve never encountered before. At the end of the day, I was so happy that damar was better. And that is the most important.
«So, he was better and he was in a better place, we were ready to do whatever scenario happened. So if that was a neutral site, if he went there (to Buffalo), whatever. We were ready to go out there and play But first we have to win our first game. So we’ll just worry about whoever we play in the first round.»
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Kansas City enters the NFL playoffs winners of 10 of the last 11 games and with an offense ranked highest in the league in yards and points per game.
The Chiefs will play the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens or Los Angeles Chargers depending on how wild card weekend play outside.
The top seed from each conference will play the last remaining seed in the divisional round.
Paulina Dedaj of Fox News contributed to this report