NFL has renewed talks about moving AFC title game if Chargers host

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CBS is televising the AFC Championship Game, and CBS is reporting the NFL has concern about the possibility of the AFC Championship Game being played at the Chargers’ small stadium.

That would entail both the Chargers, as the five seed, and the Colts, as the sixth seed, pulling upsets this weekend.

In that scenario, the Chargers would host the game, and Dignity Health Sports Park — formerly the StubHub Center — seats less than 30,000.

Less than a month ago, sources told PFT the league had decided to play the game at the intimate venue if the Chargers hosted it.

Jason La Canfora of CBS, though, reports that conversations about moving the game began anew this week after both the Colts and Chargers won. La Canfora writes that moving the AFC Championship Game out of Dignity Health Sports Park — should the Chargers host — “is something many within the NFL offices would support.”

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum would serve as host if the AFC title game is moved from Dignity Health Sports Park. That creates another problem with the Rams still alive as a potential host of the NFC Championship 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. It is considered unfeasible for the L.A. Coliseum to host both games on the same day.

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.

61 responses to “NFL has renewed talks about moving AFC title game if Chargers host

  1. Yeah play it in San Diego, that’s the least they could do, maybe this could help mend their strained relationship.

  2. All the more reason to watch the refs this weekend. Bolts clearly the better team. The fact that this is even a discussion proves the “conspiracy theorists” correct.

  3. The Chargers move to LA looks more and more moronic by the day.

    James Jackson has the right idea. At least TRY to repair the relationship with San Diego fans by having the game back in San Diego.

    But the Chargers’ ownership is hell bent on alienating those folks.

  4. Wouldn’t Chargers ownership need to approve? Not giving them the right to forego that type of disruption and host at StubHub for familiarity and consistency would be a shaft. LAC deserves to make the call, even if it means less $$ to them 345 Park.

  5. A 5 seed hosting a 6 seed in a conference title game has happened exactly 0 times in this playoff format. I wouldn’t count on this being the first. 🙂

  6. This could signal the idea that Goodell is set to cheat to help SD on Sunday. We know about how he’s jumped through hoops to stop the Pats for the past 10 years.

  7. jasons81 says:
    January 11, 2019 at 4:41 pm
    To move it would diminish “home field advantage”. Don’t do it.


    LOL, dude, you’re hilarious.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    January 11, 2019 at 4:43 pm
    All the more reason to watch the refs this weekend. Bolts clearly the better team. The fact that this is even a discussion proves the “conspiracy theorists” correct.
    For a sport that is supposed to be so tough and so masculine and it’s all about manning up and handling business… the fans continue to be adolescent girls. Seriously. Cry me a river dude. The game is 2 days away and you are already crying about the officiating. Seriously?!?!

  9. Absolutely not. That is their stadium, that is where they play. If Blair Walsh and the Vikings would have made a run a few years back they would have played the NFC Championship game outdoors at the U of Minnesota’s field at the end of January. Now that would have been great for fans and TV with the -50 degree weather there that time of year.

  10. I think the issue is that the networks don’t want us to know how much crowd noise they are pumping into the broadcast booth to make the televised games ‘sound exciting.’

    Would be easy to tell with a partially filled 30k stadium.

  11. If they moved the game, it would prove the lengths the NFL would go through to make a buck, even at the expense of their own integrity of the game.

  12. If the Rams and Chargers both make it to the AFC/NFC Championship as the home teams, they should play both games at the Coliseum on the same day at different times. 1 ticket gets the buyer both games.

  13. What should be done is to work a deal with Pasadena officials to play the AFC title game at the Rose Bowl. Then both could be the same day and prevent unintended consequences of a Monday title game.

  14. Look at the potential problems we’re about to unleash
    Any bad or questionable calls from the refs will now be amplified.

    I already have a name for the new rule-
    The “La Canfora- Your stadium is too small” rule.

  15. If they move this (possible) game, then I would believe they did collude against Kapernick.

    It’s all the proof I would need. The lost integrity would be paramount.

  16. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    January 11, 2019 at 4:43 pm
    All the more reason to watch the refs this weekend. Bolts clearly the better team. The fact that this is even a discussion proves the “conspiracy theorists” correct.

    If the NFL can manipulate the games to get a desired outcome, why didn’t the league just have Baltimore win last week and avoid the potential issue of the Chargers hosting the AFCCG entirely? Did the NFL let the Chargers win just to throw off the “conspiracy theorists?”

  17. Chargers win, Colts win … Chargers host the AFCCGame at the home field they have played at all season. Anything else would be a black eye on the NFL game integrity.

  18. As a Chargers fan, I agree we should do it. The Bolts are 9-0 the road

    Soon they will be be 10-0 on the road, And if the new “ your stadium is too small” rule is enacted, 11-0 on the road.

  19. hardheadedrb says:
    January 11, 2019 at 4:42 pm
    Move it to Pasadena. What better place than the Rose Bowl? Why didn’t they play there all year?
    omeimontis says:
    January 11, 2019 at 5:33 pm
    They can move the game to Anaheim, where the Angels play and where the LAmbs played before moving to St. Louie.

    This is what happens when people who don’t now anything about the Los Angeles area chime in with their 2 cents. They sound like they don’t have a clue what they are talking about.
    First, the Rose Bowl doesn’t want to have any games played there on a Sunday and don’t really want anything to do with the NFL. I know they’ve hosted Super Bowls in the past, but it took lots of arm twisting.
    Second, Anaheim Stadium, where the Angels play, has been re-configured for baseball only. So football there is out of the question.

  20. as stated above, why not just play in the Rose Bowl?

    as stated above, IF they must play at the Coliseum, why would be be Sunday and Monday and not Saturday and Sunday?

    Is the NFL that moronic? Apparently so.

  21. Here’s the funny thing, I am holding out hope that as an Eagles fan, I get to see the Eagles beat the Rams and hustle over to Carson to see who they are going to beat in Atlanta in person.

    A benefit of having the games Sunday and Monday is that you will get thousands of people going to both and paying full price to do so.

  22. Just a thought to the Charger’s fans here. Talking about the next game is sort of like having a parade before the next playoff Game. Don’t start talking about the championship game. It’s just teasing the fates, especially since the Chargers won’t even be in that game. Patriots 30-13

  23. I went to the Packers/Rams game at the Coliseum, there is no way it could handle two games in a day. They could barely handle an afternoon game with high attendance.

  24. The chargers messed up when they moved to LA. San Deigo Supported them at least. Now half of thier 30,000 seat arena is filled with opposing fans and they could play an AFC championship game at (HOME) with mostly Colt fans in attendance. They should make spanks sale the team and let the new owner move it back to San Diego or to San Antonio or somewhere they will get support.

  25. The NFL has made it plain all season long that they don’t want San Diego in the Playoffs. Chargers have gotten where they are despite the best efforts of the NFL.

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