If the Patriots beat the Chiefs today, they’ll play in the AFC Championship Game next weekend, and it will be the 10th time they’ve done so with Tom Brady at quarterback. That’s an incredible accomplishment.
How incredible? Consider this: Only four of the NFL’s 31 other franchises have played in 10 or more conference championship games.
That would be 10 conference championships in 14 seasons that Brady has been the Patriots’ starter (Brady became the starter during the 2001 season and suffered a season-ending injury in Week One of the 2008 season.) The Chiefs, Lions and Cardinals have all been in the NFL for all 45 seasons since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, and those three teams have each played in just one conference championship game.
An AFC Championship Game would also be the 31st postseason game of Brady’s career, also an NFL record. Brady is currently at 29 career postseason games played and will tie Adam Vinatieri’s NFL record of 30 when he takes the field today.