AFC Championship Game

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Das AFC Championship Game ist eines der beiden Halbfinale der National Football League (NFL). Es treten die Sieger der Divisional Playoffs aus der American Football Conference (AFC) gegeneinander an. Der Sieger erhält als neuer Meister der AFC die Lamar Hunt Trophy. Außerdem tritt er im Super Bowl gegen den Gewinner des NFC Championship Games an, um den Meister der NFL zu ermitteln.

Aktueller Meister der AFC sind die Denver Broncos (Saison 2013), die die New England Patriots im AFC Championship Game bezwangen, sowie anschließend gegen den amtierenden Meister der NFC, die Seattle Seahawks, im Super Bowl XLVIII verloren.

Bis 1970 hieß das AFC Championship Game AFL Championship Game, da die 1959 gegründete American Football League (AFL) und die NFL zu diesem Zeitpunkt zwei eigenständige und konkurrierende American-Football-Ligen waren. Das AFL Championship Game war also das Finale der AFL. Mit dem Zusammenschluss von AFL und NFL wurden zwei Conferences, die AFC und National Football Conference (NFC), mit je 13 Mannschaften gegründet. Die AFC enthielt die zehn Mannschaften der ehemaligen AFL. Drei Mannschaften, die schon vor dem Zusammenschluss der NFL angehört hatten, wechselten in die AFC, um zwei gleich große Conferences zu bilden. Dies waren die Pittsburgh Steelers, die Baltimore Colts und die Cleveland Browns. Die restlichen 13 Mannschaften der alten NFL bildeten die NFC.

Liste der AFC Championship Games[Bearbeiten]

Saison Gewinner Ergebnis Verlierer Ergebnis Spielort Stadium
NFL 1970 Baltimore Colts (1) 27 Oakland Raiders 17 Baltimore Memorial Stadium
NFL 1971 Miami Dolphins (1) 21 Baltimore Colts 0 Miami Orange Bowl Stadium
NFL 1972 Miami Dolphins (2) 21 Pittsburgh Steelers 17 Pittsburgh Three Rivers Stadium
NFL 1973 Miami Dolphins (3) 27 Oakland Raiders 10 Miami Orange Bowl Stadium
NFL 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers (1) 24 Oakland Raiders 13 Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
NFL 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers (2) 16 Oakland Raiders 10 Pittsburgh Three Rivers Stadium
NFL 1976 Oakland Raiders (1) 24 Pittsburgh Steelers 7 Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
NFL 1977 Denver Broncos (1) 20 Oakland Raiders 17 Denver Mile High Stadium
NFL 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers (3) 34 Houston Oilers 5 Pittsburgh Three Rivers Stadium
NFL 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers (4) 27 Houston Oilers 13 Pittsburgh Three Rivers Stadium
NFL 1980 Oakland Raiders (2) 34 San Diego Chargers 27 San Diego San Diego Stadium
NFL 1981 Cincinnati Bengals (1) 27 San Diego Chargers 7 Cincinnati Riverfront Stadium
NFL 1982 Miami Dolphins (4) 14 New York Jets 0 Miami Orange Bowl Stadium
NFL 1983 Los Angeles Raiders (3) 30 Seattle Seahawks 14 Los Angeles Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
NFL 1984 Miami Dolphins (5) 45 Pittsburgh Steelers 28 Miami Orange Bowl Stadium
NFL 1985 New England Patriots (1) 31 Miami Dolphins 14 Miami Orange Bowl Stadium
NFL 1986 Denver Broncos (2) 23 Cleveland Browns 20 Cleveland Cleveland Municipal Stadium
NFL 1987 Denver Broncos (3) 38 Cleveland Browns 33 Denver Mile High Stadium
NFL 1988 Cincinnati Bengals (2) 21 Buffalo Bills 10 Cincinnati Riverfront Stadium
NFL 1989 Denver Broncos (4) 37 Cleveland Browns 21 Denver Mile High Stadium
NFL 1990 Buffalo Bills (1) 51 Los Angeles Raiders 3 Orchard Park Rich Stadium
NFL 1991 Buffalo Bills (2) 10 Denver Broncos 7 Orchard Park Rich Stadium
NFL 1992 Buffalo Bills (3) 29 Miami Dolphins 10 Miami Joe Robbie Stadium
NFL 1993 Buffalo Bills (4) 30 Kansas City Chiefs 13 Orchard Park Rich Stadium
NFL 1994 San Diego Chargers (1) 17 Pittsburgh Steelers 13 Pittsburgh Three Rivers Stadium
NFL 1995 Pittsburgh Steelers (5) 20 Indianapolis Colts 16 Pittsburgh Three Rivers Stadium
NFL 1996 New England Patriots (2) 20 Jacksonville Jaguars 6 Foxborough Foxboro Stadium
NFL 1997 Denver Broncos (5) 24 Pittsburgh Steelers 21 Pittsburgh Three Rivers Stadium
NFL 1998 Denver Broncos (6) 23 New York Jets 10 Denver Mile High Stadium
NFL 1999 Tennessee Titans (1) 33 Jacksonville Jaguars 14 Jacksonville Alltel Stadium
NFL 2000 Baltimore Ravens (1) 16 Oakland Raiders 3 Oakland Network Associates Coliseum
NFL 2001 New England Patriots (3) 24 Pittsburgh Steelers 17 Pittsburgh Heinz Field
NFL 2002 Oakland Raiders (4) 41 Tennessee Titans 24 Oakland Network Associates Coliseum
NFL 2003 New England Patriots (4) 24 Indianapolis Colts 14 Foxborough Gillette Stadium
NFL 2004 New England Patriots (5) 41 Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Pittsburgh Heinz Field
NFL 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers (6) 34 Denver Broncos 17 Denver Invesco Field at Mile High
NFL 2006 Indianapolis Colts (2) 38 New England Patriots 34 Indianapolis RCA Dome
NFL 2007 New England Patriots (6) 21 San Diego Chargers 12 Foxborough Gillette Stadium
NFL 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers (7) 23 Baltimore Ravens 14 Pittsburgh Heinz Field
NFL 2009 Indianapolis Colts (3) 30 New York Jets 17 Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium
NFL 2010 Pittsburgh Steelers (8) 24 New York Jets 19 Pittsburgh Heinz Field
NFL 2011 New England Patriots (7) 23 Baltimore Ravens 20 Foxborough Gillette Stadium
NFL 2012 Baltimore Ravens (2) 28 New England Patriots 13 Foxborough Gillette Stadium
NFL 2013 Denver Broncos (7) 26 New England Patriots 16 Denver Sports Authority Field at Mile High

AFC Championship Game Teilnahmen 1970-heute[Bearbeiten]

Platz Team Siege Teilnahmen Punkte Letzte Teilnahme Letzter Sieg
1 Pittsburgh Steelers 8 15 332:303 NFL 2010 2010
2 Denver Broncos 7 9 215:182 NFL 2013 2013
3 New England Patriots 7 10 247:202 NFL 2013 2011
4 Miami Dolphins 5 7 152:115 NFL 1992 NFL 1984
5 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders 4 11 202:253 NFL 2002 2002
6 Buffalo Bills 4 5 130:054 NFL 1993 1993
7 Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts 3 6 125:133 NFL 2009 2009
8 Baltimore Ravens 2 4 078:062 NFL 2012 2012
9 Cincinnati Bengals 2 2 048:017 NFL 1988 1988
10 Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Titans 1 4 075:116 NFL 2002 NFL 1999
11 San Diego Chargers 1 4 063:095 NFL 2007 NFL 1994
12 New York Jets 0 4 046:091 NFL 2010 ---[1]
13 Cleveland Browns 0 3 074:098 NFL 1989 ---
14 Jacksonville Jaguars 0 2 020:053 NFL 1999 N/A
15 Kansas City Chiefs 0 1 013:030 NFL 1993 ---[2]
16 Seattle Seahawks[3] 0 1 014:030 NFL 1983 ---
17 Houston Texans 0 0 000:000 --- ---
  1. letzter AFL Titel 1968
  2. letzter AFL Titel 1969
  3. Die Seattle Seahawks waren von 1977 bis 2002 Mitglied in der AFC. Sie haben insgesamt eine Bilanz von 1:1 in Conference Championship Games.