With the postponement of the Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Super Wild Card Weekend playoff game in Orchard Park, NY, several key playoff pieces pertaining to the next round (Divisional Round) are likely to change.
If Buffalo wins:
- they will play host to the Kansas City Chiefs if KC wins
- or host the winner of Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans if Chiefs lose
- Regardless of opponent, the game in Orchard Park, NY would likely be played on Sunday, January 21
If Pittsburgh wins:
- They travel to face Baltimore on Sunday, January 21
- Other AFC divisional playoff game to be played on Saturday
What’s in store for Baltimore Ravens?
- With Bills win, Ravens likely to host on Saturday, January 20: Miami Dolphins, or winner of Browns-Texans (if Chiefs win) or
- Host Steelers on Sunday, January 21 with Pittsburgh victory
NFL PLAYOFFS:— Joe Ferreira (@JoeNFL) January 13, 2024
This move of the #2 @BuffaloBills vs #7 @steelers to Monday means a couple things:
- we won’t know who @Ravens will host on divisional weekend until after PIT-BUF game
- if PIT wins, likely PIT at BAL on Sunday…other AFC game on Saturday
- if BUF wins, BUF will… https://t.co/wNo1d7amXY pic.twitter.com/n4tv02Yudm
Ferreira mentioned that what’s taken place as a result of moving a Sunday’s Bills-Steelers game due to weather concerns is why the NFL schedules four seed vs. five seed games on Monday — and not two seed vs. seven seed. He believes the NFL sought to have both AFC divisional round game played on Saturday, January, 20.
This occasionally comes with the territory of playing NFL Playoff games in January. Scheduling inconveniences are far more manageable than asking teams to decide a game during a state of emergency. That’s especially true when it comes to the safety of everyone involved — from emergency responders to those directly impacted by the storm.