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AFC Championship: Most appearances, wins, losses

The Kansas City Chiefs are heading to their fifth consecutive AFC Championship Game, but until 2018, they had only made it this far once in 48 years. What other teams have racked up appearances?

From the Pittsburgh Steelers who have the most AFC Championship Game appearances to the New England Patriots who have the most wins, we're taking a look at the teams who have dominated the conference over the years.
Brian BlancoAFP

This weekend’s AFC championship game is not just the second consecutive meeting between the two teams at this stage of the playoffs, but also a contest between sides that are beginning to make an appearance in this game a habit.

The Chiefs & Bengals set for rematch in AFC Championship

This weekend, the Chiefs will host the Cincinnati Bengals in Kansas City for their fifth consecutive AFC Championship game. Before the Chiefs signed Patrick Mahomes as their starting quarterback, they had only made it to an AFC Conference Final on one occasion between 1970 and 2018. With Mahomes in the middle, it’s now been five years in a row.

The Bengals on the other hand, will be making their fourth ever appearance, and their second since 1988. Of course, the bigger story here is that Joe Burrow and Co. are heading to the AFC’s title game for the second year running, having defeated the Chiefs in last year’s conference finale. What’s clear now, is that Burrow is not just any other quarterback, but rather a signal caller who deserves to be mentioned among the elites of today’s game.

Who has the most AFC Championship game appearances?

Since its inception in 1970, there have been a handful of teams that have dominated the conference’s biggest game. With that, let’s begin with the team which has made the most appearances. If you didn’t know, the team that sits at the top of the list is the Pittsburgh Steelers with a grand total of 16 appearances in the AFC Championship game. Yet, though they lead in appearances, they don’t lead in wins. That honor belongs to the New England Patriots who actually fall just one behind the Patriots in appearances with 15. The Pats have a total of 11 wins in those 15 appearances. We imagine you can already guess the name of a certain QB who spearheaded a whole bunch of those wins as well.

That’s right, it was Tom Brady who helped the Patriots to the bulk of their conference titles - nine out of 11 to be precise. It’s worth mentioning, that six out of those nine wins with Brady as the starter went on to be Super Bowl victories as well. Conversely, though the Steelers have the most appearances, they also have the most losses, with a not-so-nice total of eight. On the other hand, we’re betting that Pittsburgh fans will remind folks that they also have the most AFC Championship wins with eight as well.

Remember to join us for our coverage of this year’s AFC Championship game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday 29th, January at 6:00 p.m. ET


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