Los Angeles could host both conference championship games

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The Chargers’ win over the Chiefs on Thursday night leaves open the real possibility that the road to the Super Bowl, in both the AFC and the NFC, could go through Los Angeles.

The Chargers are now two wins and a Chiefs loss away from clinching home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, and the Rams are three wins and a Saints loss (or two wins and two Saints losses, among other possibilities) away from clinching home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. If they had home-field advantage, both teams would be one win, in the divisional round of the playoffs, away from hosting the conference championship games.

That would be quite an event for the NFL, which spent two decades out of Los Angeles and now wants to see the return succeed in a big way.

Of course, neither the Chargers nor the Rams are exactly in ideal situations to host major playoff games. The Chargers are playing in a tiny stadium in Carson, California, and often play in front of as many fans of the road team as the home team. The Rams are playing in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and although they’ve generated more local support than the Chargers, they’re not exactly the hottest ticket in Tinseltown either.

Starting with the 2020 season, the Rams and Chargers will share a new stadium, which promises to be an architectural marvel that the NFL would love to show off with big playoff games. If both teams were to host conference championship games while sharing a stadium, however, there would be logistical challenges. The NFL has confirmed in the past that if the Giants and Jets, or any other teams that share a home stadium, were to host the conference championship games in the same year, the league would move one conference championship game to Monday night.

It’s possible that the NFL would find that giving each conference championship game its own day would bring even more attention to the games and generate higher television ratings. If that happens, the NFL might make the Sunday-Monday conference championship game split a permanent change.

That’s a long way off. But both Los Angeles teams hosting the conference championship games could be just five weeks away.

71 responses to “Los Angeles could host both conference championship games

  1. So what they are saying is the nfl tells the refs to make this happen! I feel bad for the chiefs and saints the next few games. I see a lot of yellow flags on the field for these two teams!

  2. After the way the officials called the Steelers game and last nights game I have no doubt this is the NFL’s goal.

  3. This has been the NFL’s agenda all year. Bring football back to a big market like LA and make darn sure it’s a successful move. Some of the officiating in the LA teams’ games has been comically lopsided. Comical unless you happen to be playing on the other side of the ball. Transparent attempt to engineer the outcome of the season.

  4. Even the casual fans has to wonder about this. You have 2 teams that haven’t hosted a playoff game in over a decade, let a lone a conference championship suddenly after moving both teams to an area that is historically haven’t supported football all of a sudden could host the championship games. Sounds fishy to me

  5. I guess this is a good way to keep losing fans. Teams without a large following are able to be successful but teams with long time, loyal, and large fan bases struggle to be competitive.

  6. I guess this is a good way to keep losing fans. Teams without a large following are able to be successful but teams with long time, loyal, and large fan bases struggle to be competitive.

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    teams have nobody to blame but themselves if they arent competitive. the league is set up for teams to get better quickly. hiring wrong personnel and bad drafts are the calling cards of these teams with large fan bases who stink every year

  7. what the league needs to do if the possibility were to arise of same building conference championship, is have afc division round on saturday and nfc on sunday. then go saturday and sunday the follwing week. nobody wants conference championship on a monday night

  8. Yeah the NFL has been favoring them the whole season look up Flukers holding against Rams(his first since 2016) in october and Sweezy unnecessary roughess against the chargers. Sweezy was just cleaning up a stile live pile so the two db’s didn’t strip it from baldwin, and refs couldn’t blow rhe play dead since Baldwin was still making forward progress

    Aaron Donald tried to start two fights (one around reporters, sideline people) and got a slap on the wrist. Its not like he’s got a clean reputation after being booted from a couple games already. NFL doesn’t need 4 loser, 3 homeless teams in Cali so they boost the others up hoping to increase attendance.

  9. It would great if Chargers ownership could host a championship game and lose money at the same time. Although with the pittance players get paid for playoff games it really couldn’t happen, it would certainly serve Spanos right if it could. We aren’t talking Allen (RIP), Kraft or Rooney here when it comes to caring about the fans & community.

  10. hawks1124 says:
    December 14, 2018 at 9:07 am
    Yeah the NFL has been favoring them the whole season look up Flukers holding against Rams(his first since 2016) in october and Sweezy unnecessary roughess against the chargers. Sweezy was just cleaning up a stile live pile so the two db’s didn’t strip it from baldwin, and refs couldn’t blow rhe play dead since Baldwin was still making forward progress

    Aaron Donald tried to start two fights (one around reporters, sideline people) and got a slap on the wrist. Its not like he’s got a clean reputation after being booted from a couple games already. NFL doesn’t need 4 loser, 3 homeless teams in Cali so they boost the others up hoping to increase attendance.
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    I am tired of hawk fans crying foul. Your team is the king as far as getting calls going their way at home and when it goes against you on the road you go ballistic LMAO

  11. Neither is far more likely than both.
    You know, we already have a stadium shared by an AFC and NFC team. Yet this situation has never come up.

  12. “You know, we already have a stadium shared by an AFC and NFC team. Yet this situation has never come up.”

    Except whenever the LA teams host an interconference game.

  13. That headline sounds so strange given how recently it was that LA didn’t have any teams.

  14. There is no way the powers that be will allow a Conf championship to be held at Stubhub. The Chargers are a great story, but, no way they get to host a conf championship. If it comes down to the refs especially, it won’t happen.

  15. richc111 says:
    December 14, 2018 at 8:46 am
    Even the casual fans has to wonder about this. You have 2 teams that haven’t hosted a playoff game in over a decade, let a lone a conference championship suddenly after moving both teams to an area that is historically haven’t supported football all of a sudden could host the championship games. Sounds fishy to me

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    That’s some great detective work. The new coaches, new highly-drafted stars, big trade acquisitions, and massive roster turnover were all just a smoke screen to cover the real reason they’re “suddenly” doing well.

  16. I just love people on here that blame the refs for 2 teams with a combined 22 wins. How about the other teams actually stop them from winning by..you know…playing a little defense.It’s come down to that a good team could shut out another team and fans will still blame the refs. Me, for one, .am glad to see some new blood with a chance to go deep into the playoffs

  17. How convenient for the NFL. What a joke this league has become. It’s pretty clear and simple the fix is in on these games. Refs throwing flags and then picking them up as they huddle and get the right call from New York!

  18. Whenever teams are selling PSLs for their new stadiums they all have exciting seasons or have surprising postseason runs. It’s the only way to get fans to overpay for the PSLs. Don’t believe me? Look into season(s) the Cowboys, Jets, Giants, 49ers, Vikings, Falcons, Rams and Chargers were selling PSLs. If the Raiders PSLs aren’t selling don’t be surprised if they make Ramlike turnaround next season.

  19. Conference Championship Sunday: 2pm & 5pm Central-time kickoffs. This is great for all coasts, not too early, not too late.

    Don’t mess with it.

  20. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    December 14, 2018 at 8:36 am
    And the funniest part is it’s a baseball town first, football is secondary….

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    You could even argue that baseball is secondary to basketball in LA. Either way, football is tertiary at best.

  21. It would be terrific if LA hosted both Conference Championship Games — so that the fans of the visiting teams can enjoy nice weather during the games. But that is as far as it goes. LA is not a football town and it never has been. It is not an accident that the city lost two franchises in the span of roughly five years — and no one cared when they left or clamored for a team to return. That isn’t a ‘dis on LA necessarily. When it is sleeting and 30s degrees in Philly people stay inside to watch football and when it is 75 and sunny in LA, folks head to the beach. Fair enough. But suffice it to say that every other city in the US is more deserving to host a conference championship than blasé LA.

  22. So one Super Bowl team gets an “extra” day between games?

    Nobody would complain about THAT!!

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    game is 2 weeks later. not a big deal…also, put the superbowl on saturday. monday is a complete write-off after superbowl sunday

  23. Good for the Chargers, but we still didn’t want nor do we want the Chargers here in LA. They belong in San Diego.

  24. aj66shanghai says:
    December 14, 2018 at 10:43 am
    Lots of conspiracy theories being floated. Why do any of you even bother watching, if you are so sure it’s fixed? Really, I don’t get it
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    The people who are saying the NFL is fixed are the ones watching. They are some of the most hardcore fans of the NFL. Its not a full on fix, but the fans on the receiving end of a egregious call a just ticked about it.

    The NFL has not gone full WWF, rather the influence is much more subtle or at the margins as the saying goes.

    The Titans at Chiefs playoff game was a perfect example? Mariota forward progress…..or, a call that tried to keep the game close?

    This happens time & time again. If you can’t see it, you are not looking & accepting the narrative. You are one of the sheep.

  25. Hahaha I’m a sheep because I don’t think everyone is out to get me? Or I’m not a hardcore fan because I don’t distrust everyone all the time?

    I live in Shanghai. I am a fan of the Seahawks. I have to be up at 5 am to watch most of their games. I build my work schedule around keeping Mondays off just so I can see the games live and leisurely. I doubt you go to such lengths to watch your favorite team.

    Usually I watch early games starting at 2 am then watch Seahawks then watch SNF. 2 am til 12 noon.

  26. myspaceyourface says:
    December 14, 2018 at 8:44 am
    After the way the officials called the Steelers game and last nights game I have no doubt this is the NFL’s goal.
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    Gotta generate interest and sell PSLs for that shiny new stadium

  27. Very cool speculation but the NFL won’t let it happen. They want teams on the left and right coasts to maximize ratings and advertising revenues for their broadcasting sponsors. It’s all about the money.

  28. seahawkboymike says:
    December 14, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Nah. The Rams won’t even get past the Seahawks.

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    Didn’t they already do that?

  29. The teams in question will have have combined for one playoff win in the past ten years when the divisional games are played. That’s not a good track record

  30. If the NFL was favoring the Rams, all they’d have to do is accurately call all the holding that happens against them, specifically Aaron Donald.

    They’d be 13-0 right now and every game would be a shutout

  31. Every owner can’t have a resident tax-payer built stadium. There were 70,000 fans at the Chiefs stadium last night. Arrowhead is an older stadium upgraded and renovated from time to time. The NFL has to change it’s ‘re-location’ policy and stop moving teams from their fan base. The LA Chargers move is a complete failure. Las Vegas Raiders may follow suit. Buffalo to San Antonio? Jacksonville to London. The LA Charger ownership should have saved the $650,000,000 ‘relocation fee and put $300 million into upgrading San Diego Stadium. They’d be packed now. No matter the Charger team success…..they’ll NEVER build a fan base in LA-LA-LAND.

  32. tylawspick6 says:

    December 14, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Watch for Goodell here. His mitts will be all over the officiating to make this happen

    You are way off. This would be the lowest rated Super Bowl in 50 years. Two very small fanbases and neither would travel 2500 miles to the game, and few around the US would care either.

  33. Could be an all LA Super Bowl although not held in LA. Took moves by both teams from San Diego and St Louis but everything is aligning. Something even the Jets and Giants couldn’t pull off for NY.

  34. The Rams are tenth in attendance at 72,000 a game.

    The Rams did not leave LA because on non support. Thats a lie used against LA from people who dont know what they are talking about.

    And its a Laker town first.

    And the nonsense that LA doesnt support its teams.. Dodgers have put over 3 million in the stands many years running.

  35. Take it to the Murph! SD taxpayers are still paying off the renovations from the last Super Bowl hosted there.

  36. If I was a conspiracy theorist I’d be thinking the league might have made this happen. I mean there was that questionable holding call on DJ Fluker to take the hawks out of FG range so they couldn’t win.

    But then again, I am not a conspiracy theorist…and I still think it is possible. The refs have been bad this year.

  37. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders – “And the funniest part is it’s a baseball town first, football is secondary…”.
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    What do you know about Los Angeles? You don’t live there, have never been there, and have no possible chance of ever being able to go there.

  38. Our organization has visited the Los Angeles area about 800 times the past
    10 years. People there have told us
    frequently they support their sports
    teams (like the Rams and Lakers), but
    told us its too much trouble to actually
    attend these events. That is true. The
    Los Angeles Metropolitan area is so
    spread out far and wide, it would take
    hours just to get to venue to attend in
    person. Just the City Proper Los Angeles
    is 50 miles long and 34 miles wide – the
    city PROPER. Forget it if you count
    the metropolitan area.. It’s immense
    out there. The County of LA is over
    4,000 squares miles (yikes!) and
    that is not including Ventura, Riverside,
    Orange and San Bernardino County.

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