National Football League has renewed talks about moving AFC title game if Chargers host

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 12, 2019

Andrew Luck and the Colts have gone 10-1 in their last 11 games while the Chiefs lost two of their final three games to end the season before locking up the top overall seed in the AFC and securing home-field advantage. It died down when the Chargers entered the playoffs as the fifth seed, but there have been conversations this week about the prospects for moving the championship game, should the Colts and Chargers both win, which would leave L.A.as the AFC's best seed remaining and therefore the title-game host. The Chargers are riding a seven-game road winning streak - covering the spread each time. It was not considered feasible for the L.A. Coliseum to host both championship games on the same Sunday - in double-header fashion - I'm told, but moving the AFC Championship Game out of 30,000-seat Dignity Health Sports Park is something many within the National Football League offices would support.

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum would serve as host if the AFC title game is moved from Dignity Health Sports Park.

Less than a month ago, sources told PFT the league had made a decision to play the game at the intimate venue if the Chargers hosted it. And, given the way the playoffs have sorted out to this point, it remains possible that L.A. teams host both championship games.

It's time to look at the x-factors in the Divisional Round.

The sources said that the move could happen if the Rams don't advance to the NFC Championship Game and the Chargers do advance. Granted, facing Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs' high-octane offense provides a new set of challenges on Saturday, but though I certainly don't expect the Colts to hold the Chiefs to just a touchdown, I do expect them to hold them well below their season average of 35.3 points per game.

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