Joe Burrow said the Bengals ‘better send those refunds’ if they eliminate the need for a neutral-site AFC title game.

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In the AFC, the road to Super Bowl LVI officially goes through Arrowhead Stadium. After the Cincinnati Bengals upset the Buffalo Bills in Sunday’s divisional round matchup, their chance to make the AFC Championship Game at a neutral site is gone. Now, the Chiefs host Cincinnati in a rematch of last season’s title game.

Had Buffalo won this game, the Bills and Chiefs would have traveled to Atlanta to compete for the conference title and punched their ticket to Arizona for Super Bowl LVI at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The situation came after the Bills-Bengals game in Week 17 was canceled due to safety concerns after Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field and went into cardiac arrest. The league simply decided to cancel that game rather than postpone it.

That’s because the Bills — who played one less game than KC — finished a half-game behind them in the conference standings, opening the door to the neutral-site conference title game for both of them to make it there. This was due to an amendment voted by the owners to fix the playing field after the incident at Hamlin.

In that Week 17 game, Buffalo and Cincinnati were in contention for the No. 1 seed. 1 Seed as they hold the head-to-head strap. The reason the Bengals didn’t qualify for the neutral site title game was because they were a full game behind Casey in the loss column.

The chance to get to that neutral site AFC Championship Game seems like something the NFL is looking for, perhaps dipping their toe into those waters with this game with an eye toward going that route in the future. In fact, the league already had it. He sold 50,000 tickets for that game.

But the league making those plans looks like perfect billboard material for the Bengals. After the loss against Buffalo, Bengals quarterback Joe Burroughs was asked by CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson how much Cincinnati motivated him, and the third-year signal caller responded on the weekend line.

“You better send those refunds,” Burrow said.

The Bengals head to Kansas City to face the Chiefs next Sunday at 6:30 pm ET on CBS.

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