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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Recent AFC Championship Games
New England Patriots (18) at Denver Broncos (20) Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO)The 2016 AFC Championship Game will feature possibly the final battle between future hall of fame quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. The game is set to kick off on January 24th, 2016 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado.
Tom Brady leads the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots into Denver, in what will be an unprecedented 5th straight AFC Championship Game appearance for the Patriots. The Patriots have lost just four times all season, and have their receiver corps at full strength for one of the first times all season, with Julian Edelman, and Rob Gronkowski both in the lineup. The Patriots just seem to find ways to win games, and might be the favorite heading into what should be a cold and messy game in Denver.
The Broncos can take solace in the fact that they beat the Patriots in Week 11, and have Peyton Manning back at his healthiest in a number of seasons. The Broncos have relied on their fantastic defense all season, and will hope that the combination of DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller can pressure Brady into uncharacteristic mistakes. The Denver Broncos defense also features a fantastic secondary, including former Patriot Aqib Talib, who will likely hawk Edelman and Gronkowski all day.
2016 will be the 4th time that Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have met in the AFC Championship Game, and will likely be the last time the two play each other at this stage. Look for plenty of passing yards from both sides, but for the defensive fronts to decide, which team advances to Super Bowl 50.
Indianapolis Colts (7) at New England Patriots (45) Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Massachusetts) The 2015 AFC Championship game is set and will pit two of the NFL’s top passing offense’s against one another at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, January 18. Similar to last year’s AFC Championship game, this year will feature another legendary quarterback duel between veteran Tom Brady and the young gun Andrew Luck. Though each carry a very different style of play, both quarterbacks bring intangible elements to the game that will make this one of the most intense games of the season.
Tom Brady will be leading the New England Patriots in to their fourth consecutive AFC Championship game. With that, the Patriots will look to combine their experience and home field advantage to gain a leg on the Colts, a team that is playing at their best as of late. Offensively the Patriots will need their running game to be at its best as they head up a Colts defense that is elite when it comes to defending the pass, as Peyton Manning and the Broncos recently discovered. With a committee in the backfield that includes the likes of Jonas Gray, Shane Vereen, and LaGarrette Blount using the run game to create matchups in the passing game will be a critical aspect of the Patriots game plan. New England’s passing game will likely fall on the shoulders of Brady’s secondary receivers assuming Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman garner the attention they deserve from Indianapolis. Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels took advantage of the defensive focus on Gronk and Edelman in the win over Baltimore by creating great opportunities for Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell, something the Colts will surely see on Sunday.
While it undoubtingly won’t be his last, it will be Andrew Luck’s first appearance in the AFC Championship game. With a shot at the Super Bowl on the line the Patriots can expect to see Luck at his best despite the emotional intensity that comes with the spotlight. When it comes to the passing game no team in the NFL comes close to operating at the Colts caliber, especially in the playoffs. Offensively #12 has an arsenal of wide outs at his disposal to attack a sub-par New England secondary that comes in at 17th overall in defending the pass. Though the Indy receiving core is highlighted by one of the league’s most dominant deep threats in T.Y. Hilton, the positions depth is what makes the Colts such a contender. Game planning for a position that includes names like Reggie Wayne, Hakeem Nicks, and rookie star Donte Moncrief will just be half the battle for New England given Andrew Lucks canny ability to escape the pocket with his legs.
The road to Super Bowl XLIX is coming to its end but not before two of the NFL’s most talented quarterbacks take the field in Foxborough. In a game that is sure to exceed its hype, the 2015 AFC Championship game is not one to miss. Get your AFC Championship game tickets before it’s too late to be a part of the NFL Playoffs as the Indianapolis Colts take on the New England Patriots for a shot at the Lombardi Trophy.