The AFC Championship Game matches up the top two teams from the American Football Conference (AFC). The winner of the AFC Championship goes on to represent the conference in the Super Bowl. The NFL playoffs consist of four (4) rounds, starting with the Wildcard round, then proceeding to the Divisional Playoff Round. The two winning teams from the AFC Divisional Playoff games match up in the AFC Championship Game, which decides one of the two teams in the Super Bowl. The team that wins the AFC Championship is given the Lamar Hunt Trophy, which is named for the legendary owner of the Kansas City Chiefs. Hunt is recognized for his role in founding the AFL, the AFC's forerunner before merging with the NFL.
Unlike the Super Bowl, the AFC Championship Game is not played at a neutral stadium. Rather the team with the highest playoff seed will host the game giving way to an extremely beneficial home field advantage. The AFC Championship game converted to the home field rule for the 1975-76 season. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for AFC Championship Game tickets.
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Baltimore Ravens (28) at New England Patriots (13) Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Massachusetts) The Baltimore Ravens will head to Gillette Stadium for the second year in a row to take on the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship. Last year's Championship did not favor the Ravens as they failed to produce in key situations leading to a 23-20 Patriots victory. 2013 is a new year and the last time these two teams met (week 3 of this season) the Ravens found a way to defeat Brady's offensive powerhouse. With that win on their shoulders and the sweet taste of revenge looming in their sights the 2013 AFC Championship is all but predictable, especially given the retirement circumstances of Ray Lewis.
It will truly be a battle between the NFL's most strategic offense and defense. With the addition of a descent running game in Ridley and Morehead, Tom Brady's ability to confuse the defense is at an all-time high. With weapons on the outside like Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, and Shane Vereen the Baltimore defense will have their hands full come Sunday. Keeping Brady's arsenal off the field will prove to be the Ravens biggest feat and if the O-line can create some room for Ray Rice to establish a drive sustaining run game this game could come down to the wire. If the Patriots learned anything from watching the Ravens defeat the Broncos in the divisional round it should be the danger of Flacco's deep ball. Flacco possess some of the most physical wide outs in the game in Boldin, Jones, and Smith and he is not afraid to use them as we have come to find out.
The 2013 AFC Championship is here and it's stacking up to be another great game between two dominant forces within the AFC. It's the Baltimore Ravens against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro in a game you don't want to miss.