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AFC Championship Match History, 2022 Matches and Betting Odds

After one of the greatest games in NFL playoff history – and perhaps one of the greatest games in NFL history – the AFC Championship Game is set.

It took overtime and a superhero performance from Patrick Mahomes, but the Kansas City Chiefs make their fourth straight appearance in the AFC Championship Game. The AFC’s second-seeded Chiefs outlasted Josh Allen and the third-seeded Buffalo Bills 42-36 in a game that will go down in the NFL history books.

The Chiefs will play for their third consecutive AFC title against the Cincinnati Bengals, the No. 4 seed in the AFC. After snapping their three-decade playoff drought against the Raiders in the wildcard round, the Bengals upset the AFC’s top seed Tennessee Titans on Saturday.

As is the case with the NFC Championship Game, both participants in the AFC title game qualified for the Conference Championship weekend with straight wins, but did so in a manner radically different.

Burrow, Bengals overcome nine sacks to start Titans in Nashville

With the return of Derrick Henry after being sidelined since Halloween, the Titans had every reason to be confident of taking care of the Bengals to advance to the AFC Championship Game.

And more often than not, picking up nine bags should land you a win. But the Bengals kept Henry relatively in check and knocked out Ryan Tannehill three times, and Joe Burrow swept all nine of his sacks to complete more than 75% of his passes and throw nearly 350 yards.

Burrow’s 37th and final pass of the game put the Bengals in basket territory after Logan Wilson knocked out Tannehill with 20 seconds left. From there, rookie kicker Evan McPherson coolly punched a 52-yard field goal to send the Bengals to their first AFC Championship game since the 1988 season.

Chiefs overcome heroism of Allen and Davis in overtime epic

The last time the Bengals appeared in the AFC Championship Game, they defeated the Buffalo Bills to advance to Super Bowl XXIII and a game against the San Francisco 49ers.

That same storyline was almost in play, but Mahomes decided to be Mahomes in a season where he wasn’t always Mahomes. In other words, he was at his best when needed.

In the final minutes of absolutely messy regulation, the Bills and Chiefs traded blows. 24 points were scored in the final 1:54 of regulation. At the two-minute warning, the Chiefs led 26-21. With no more regulation time, the two teams headed to extra time with the score tied at 36.

During that time, Josh Allen and Gabriel Davis connected for two touchdowns, sandwiched around a Mahomes goal play at Tyreek Hill. The second score — their record fourth connection of the night — gave the Bills a 36-33 lead with 13 seconds left.

As viewers and the Bills discovered, Mahomes needed just ten seconds to put the Chiefs within range of Harrison Butker’s game-tying kick.

The Chiefs won the all-important coin toss, and Mahomes continued to give Allen no chance to respond.

Was it game of the year? Game of the century? Game of game history? Anything could be applicable. Either way, the Chiefs now have a shot at becoming the fourth team to win three or more straight AFC titles.

NFL teams will earn three or more consecutive wins in the AFC Championship Game

  • Miami Dolphins (1971–73 seasons)
  • Buffalo Bills (1990-1993)
  • New England Patriots (2016–2018)

Sunday’s Bengals-Chiefs game will extend a piece of history the Chiefs already possess. Last season, they became the first team to host the AFC title game three seasons in a row.

In both conferences, the Chiefs are the first team to host the conference title game four years in a row. The Philadelphia Eagles hosted the NFC Championship Game in the 2002, 2003 and 2004 seasons. Will the Chiefs take their record to five in a row next season?

First of all, we have an exciting game to look forward to in this year’s AFC Championship game. It will be tough to live up to last weekend’s NFL playoff results, and it won’t be easy to live up to the Bengals-Chiefs opener this season either.

The two teams met in Cincinnati in Week 17, and a record-breaking day for Ja’Marr Chase helped the Bengals rally for a 34-31 win. The Chiefs led 28-14 at one point, but Burrow (30 of 39, 446 yards, 4 TDs) and Chase (11 catches, 266 yards, 3 TDs) brought the Bengals back for a decisive AFC North win.

The result knocked the Chiefs out of first place in the AFC, but thanks to the Bengals’ win in Nashville, Arrowhead Stadium will host one more game this season.

Thanks to this home advantage, the odds for the start of the AFC Championship game are very favorable for the Chiefs. Let’s take a look at the evolution of the odds at BetMGM.

Cincinnati Bengals vs Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship Game 2022 Matchup Infos and Betting Odds

Match information

  • Match Match: Cincinnati Bengals (10-7, 1st in AFC North, seeded No. 4 in AFC) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (12-5, 1st in AFC West, seeded in No. 2 of the AFC)
  • Venue and location: Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Missouri)
  • When: Sunday, January 30, 2022
  • Time: 3:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. local time)
  • Television: CBS

Betting odds (as of Sunday, January 30 at 6:55 a.m. ET)

  • Spread: Cincinnati Bengals +7.5 (-115), Kansas City Chiefs -7.5 (-105)
  • Total: OVER 54.5 (-110), UNDER 54.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Cincinnati Bengals +275, Kansas City Chiefs -350

AFC Championship Key Match History

Each season, the AFC champion meets the NFC champion at the Super Bowl. The first two rounds of the NFL playoffs, the wildcard round and the divisional round, determine which two teams from each conference advance to the conference title round. Each conference championship game is hosted by the highest remaining seed in each conference.

The first AFC title game was in the 1970 NFL season, following the AFL-NFL merger. That season, the Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts) defeated the Oakland Raiders (now Las Vegas Raiders) to qualify for the Super Bowl. In the last AFC Championship Game, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Buffalo Bills 35-31 at Arrowhead Stadium to claim their second straight AFC title.

Last season’s loss was the Bills’ first appearance in the conference title fight since the 1993 season, when they won the last of a record four straight AFC titles. The Miami Dolphins (1971, 1972, and 1973) and New England Patriots (2016, 2017, and 2018) are the only other teams with at least three straight AFC Championship Game wins, a feat the Chiefs are looking to tie this season.

Four matchups are level for the most common AFC title game: Broncos-Browns, Colts-Patriots, Patriots-Steelers and Raiders-Steelers, each having been in the game three times.

Recent AFC Championship Match Results

  • 2020 NFL season (at Kansas City): #1 Kansas City Chiefs 38, #2 Buffalo Bills 24
  • 2019 (at Kansas City): #2 Kansas City Chiefs 35, #6 Tennessee Titans 24
  • 2018 (at Kansas City): #2 New England Patriots 37, #1 Kansas City Chiefs 31 (OT)
  • 2017 (at New England): #1 New England Patriots 24, #3 Jacksonville Jaguars 20
  • 2016 (at New England): #1 New England Patriots 36, #3 Pittsburgh Steelers 17
  • 2015 (at Denver): #1 Denver Broncos 20, #2 New England Patriots 18
  • 2014 (at New England): #1 New England Patriots 45, #4 Indianapolis Colts 7
  • 2013 (at Denver): #1 Denver Broncos 26, #2 New England Patriots 16
  • 2012 (at New England): #4 Baltimore Ravens 28, #2 New England Patriots 13
  • 2011 (at New England): #1 New England Patriots 23, #2 Baltimore Ravens 20

Most AFC titles

  • New England Patriots – 11
  • Denver Broncos – 8
  • Pittsburgh Steelers – 8
  • Miami Dolphins – 5
  • Buffalo Tickets – 4
  • Los Angeles/Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders – 4
  • Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts – 3
  • Baltimore Ravens – 2
  • Cincinnati Bengals – 2
  • Kansas City Chiefs – 2

Most appearances in AFC title match

  • Pittsburgh Steelers – 16
  • New England Patriots – 15
  • Los Angeles/Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders – 11
  • Denver Broncos – 10
  • Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts – 7
  • Miami Dolphins – 7
  • Buffalo Notes – 6
  • Kansas City Chiefs – 5
  • Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans – 5

Are there any current AFC teams that have not won an AFC title? The Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets have never won an AFC title. The Jets, however, won Super Bowl III before the AFL-NFL merger.

Before winning Super Bowl 54 against the San Francisco 49ers, the Chiefs were also part of this group. They won Super Bowl IV as AFL champions in the last Super Bowl before the AFL-NFL merger, but went empty in AFC Championship Game appearances in the 1993 and ​seasons. ​2018.

Of the four teams that have never won the AFC Championship Game, the Houston Texans are the only team that has never played for the conference title. The Texans, who have been in the NFL since 2002, failed to make it past the divisional round of the playoffs in four tries.