The AFC Championship game between the Bills and Chiefs won’t take place at Acrisure Stadium. The NFL has chosen Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta instead, the league announced on Thursday.
Last week, Steelers Now announced that Acrisure Stadium was not on the list. At that time, the league had not yet disclosed the location of the event.
Due to the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals’ Week 17 matchup being postponed, those two teams ended up playing one fewer game than the rest of the AFC, allowing for the game to be played at a neutral site.
The Chiefs achieved the No. 1 seed, but if they were to host the No. 2 seed Bills, who they narrowly defeated for the top spot, that game would take place at a neutral site instead.
On October 16, Buffalo defeated Kansas City 24-20 in a rematch of the AFC Championship Game. In which the Chiefs won 42-36.
Damar Hamlin passed out on the field in Cincinnati on January 2. The game between the Bills and the Bengals was canceled due to the team member’s health.
There was only one week left in the season at that point. Hence, commissioner Roger Goodell decided there wasn’t enough time to make up the game. Or even put in place a backup plan that could have included an AFC Championship Game at a neutral site.
Although it was suggested that the event take place in Pittsburgh, one of the half-dozen NFL cities situated between Buffalo and Kansas City, it was ultimately decided against.
This Sunday, the Bills will welcome the Miami Dolphins to town. If Buffalo wins, the AFC Divisional Round will be played at home the following weekend by the highest-seeded winner. The winner with the lowest seed will play in Kansas City.