Tom Brady has been synonymous with the AFC Championship Game for the past two decades. Thirteen times he played for the Lamar Hunt Trophy and nine times he won it, besting MVP Patrick Mahomes in overtime, upending Blake Bortles in a classic comeback, denying Andrew Luck and Philip Rivers trips to the Super Bowl, foiling Ben Roethlisberger twice and Kordell Stewart once, and splitting two games with Joe Flacco. Peyton Manning he bested once but two other times he lost to his rival in the conference title game. Sunday’s showdown between the Tennessee Titans and the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs marked the first AFC Championship Game since the 2010 season without Brady barking under center and Bill Belichick scowling on the sideline. It was also the first time since 2002 that the AFC championship doesn’t include Brady, Manning or Roethlisberger. Before Brady made the AFC title game his personal playground, John Elway, Bob Griese and Terry Bradshaw built their reputations in the big games that secured Super Bowl appearances for the eventual Hall of Famers. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has played for the AFC championship 13 times, winning last year against the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime. Patriots quarterback Tom… Read full this story
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