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

Ruben Hill
January 12, 2019

The Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs kicks off Saturday with what could be the highest scoring game of the weekend when the Indianapolis Colts visit the Kansas City Chiefs.

There were meetings and conversations within the league about this scenario late in the regular season, when the Chargers were pushing the Chiefs for the AFC West title and possibly home-field advantage in the playoffs. If the Chargers win but the Colts lose to the top-seeded Chiefs, the title game would be in Kansas City.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports brings word that "there is concern within the NFL league office about the possibility of the Chargers playing host to an AFC Championship Game". In short, the Chargers have been hosting home games in Dignity Health Sports Park, a stadium that was built for soccer. And, given the way the playoffs have sorted out to this point, it remains possible that L.A. teams host both championship games.

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.

In the NFC, the New Orleans Saints (13-3) are hoping to get back to the conference championship game for the first time since they won the Super Bowl nine years ago. 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.

The league has had internal discussions about the possibility of playing Sunday night and Monday night championship games at the L.A. Coliseum if both the Rams and the Chargers host the championship games, according to La Canfora.

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