AFC Championship Game history following Chiefs' triumph in Baltimore

Here is how the Chiefs and Ravens stack up against the rest of the AFC

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This year’s AFC Championship Game marked the first postseason matchup between two of the NFL’s top quarterbacks.

On one side, there were the Kansas City Chiefs. They played in their sixth straight AFC title game, reaching the contest every year since making Patrick Mahomes their full-time starting quarterback. While reaching the championship game has become an annual tradition, this year was the first time Mahomes played the contest away from Arrowhead Stadium.

On the other side, the Baltimore Ravens made their fifth ever AFC Championship Game appearance. Lamar Jackson and Co. dominated the regular season en route to the No. 1 seed and hosted the title game for the first time.

With Jackson in Baltimore and Mahomes in Kansas City, the two organizations are poised to continue reaching the conference championship game. But which organizations were the most common participants in the title games over the last 54 years?

Here is a look at which teams have won, lost and reached the most AFC Championship Games following the Chiefs’ road win in Baltimore:

Which team has won the most AFC Championship Games?

The New England Patriots have far and away the most AFC Championship Game victories with 11.

Nine of those wins came from 2001 to 2019, when Tom Brady was the team’s starting quarterback. Those nine wins translated to six Super Bowl victories for Brady, head coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history.

Speaking of the Steelers, they are tied with the Denver Broncos for the second-most AFC Championship Game victories with eight. The Miami Dolphins are next on the list with five conference title game wins.

Which team has lost the most AFC Championship Games?

Along with eight wins, the Steelers also have eight losses in AFC Championship Games, the most of any team.

Second on the list for most losses are the Las Vegas Raiders with seven. After them, the Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans and New York Jets are tied for third with four losses apiece.

Which team has the most AFC Championship Game appearances?

The Steelers have played in a record 16 AFC Championship Games overall, one more than the Patriots. The Raiders (11) and Broncos (10) are the only other teams with double-digit appearances.

Sixteen teams have reached an AFC Championship Game, but they are not the 16 teams that make up the current AFC. The Seattle Seahawks played in the AFC West from the time they joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1976 up until the 2002 season, when they joined the NFC West. Their AFC Championship Game appearance came in the 1983 season, when they lost to the Oakland Raiders 30-14.

The only present-day AFC team to never reach the conference title game is the Houston Texans.

Here is the full list of teams listed by AFC Championship Game appearances:

1. Pittsburgh Steelers: 16 (8-8)

2. New England Patriots: 15 (11-4)

3. Las Vegas Raiders: 11 (4-7)

4. Denver Broncos: 10 (8-2)

T-5. Miami Dolphins: 7 (5-2)

T-5. Indianapolis Colts: 7 (3-4)

T-5. Kansas City Chiefs: 7 (4-3)

8. Buffalo Bills: 6 (4-2)

T-9. Tennessee Titans: 5 (1-4)

T-9. Baltimore Ravens: 5 (2-3)

T-11. Cincinnati Bengals: 4 (3-1)

T-11. Los Angeles Chargers: 4 (1-3)

T-11. New York Jets: 4 (0-4)

T-14. Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 (0-3)

T-14. Cleveland Browns: 3 (0-3)

16. Seattle Seahawks: 1 (0-1)

T-17. Houston Texans: 0

T-17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 0

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