The Cincinnati Bengals pulled off a 27-10 win over the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round of the playoffs on Sunday, eliminating the chance for a neutral-site AFC Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Buffalo – and a potential neutral-site AFC Championship Game in Atlanta – both have been eliminated.
AFC Championship Game: Bengals at Chiefs.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 22, 2023
When the Bengals and Bills faced off in Week 17, an injury to safety Damar Hamlin forced the NFL to cancel the game. As a solution, the league determined that if the Bills and Chiefs were to meet in the AFC Championship game, it would be played in Atlanta.
Unfortunately, Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase and former Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst led Cincinnati to an upset win over Buffalo, ending the chance for playoff football at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Now if fans in Atlanta want to see playoff football, they will have to wait until next year at the earliest.