AFC West

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AFC West
Conference American Football Conference
League National Football League
Sport American football
Founded1960 (as the American Football League Western Division)
No. of teams4
CountryUnited States
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champion(s)
Kansas City Chiefs (16th title)
Most titles Kansas City Chiefs (16 titles)
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The American Football Conference – Western Division or AFC West is one of the four divisions of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The division comprises the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, and Los Angeles Chargers.

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The division has sent teams to the Super Bowl twenty times beginning with Super Bowl I when the Chiefs played the Green Bay Packers, winning ten times second only to the NFC East. As of the conclusion of the 2023 season, the Chiefs have the most Super Bowl wins of any AFC West team with four Super Bowl victories. The Broncos have appeared in the most Super Bowls in the division with eight, the Chiefs have appeared in six, and the Raiders have appeared in five. The Chargers lost their lone Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl XXIX. Two members of the Division also won back to back Super Bowls. The Broncos in 1997 and 1998 and the Chiefs in 2022 and 2023.

The Chiefs won the most recent, eighth straight, and 16th AFC West title in 2023. [1] [2] [3] Kansas City’s previous title, won in 2022 made the AFC West the only division in the NFL where all 4 teams had the same amount of division titles (15 each). [4] [5] [6]

History

The division was formed in 1960 as the American Football League's Western Division. In 1970, as part of the new NFL's two-conference, six-division alignment, the AFL West entered the merged league more or less intact as the AFC West.

The original AFL West had four members – the Dallas Texans (who moved to Kansas City in 1963 as the Chiefs), Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers (who moved to San Diego in 1961, then back to Los Angeles in 2017) and Oakland Raiders (who moved to Los Angeles in 1982, back to Oakland in 1995, and Las Vegas in 2020). These four teams have remained in the AFL/AFC West since its inception, and are currently the only teams in the division. Largely because of this, and the fact they have played each other twice a year for over 60 years, the entire division is considered one very large and very heated rivalry.

The Cincinnati Bengals played the last two AFL seasons in the AFL West despite being further east than Houston, where the Houston Oilers played at the time and were members of the AFL Eastern Division. The Bengals (along with the Oilers) moved to the AFC Central (now the AFC North) in 1970, forming rivalries with the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In 1977, the Seattle Seahawks were added to the AFC West after spending their expansion season in the NFC West; they would move back to the NFC West in 2002. The first-year Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976 played as a member of the AFC West [7] before being aligned into the NFC Central in 1977.

Each of the four AFC West teams won a division title in the first four years of the realignment – Oakland in 2002, Kansas City in 2003, San Diego in 2004 and Denver in 2005. It is the only one of the eight NFL divisions to have all of its teams win titles in the first four seasons of the North-East-West-South format.[ citation needed ]

In the early and mid-2000s, the division was often cited as one of the NFL's "Toughest Divisions" [8] [9] [10] due partially to the home-field advantages of Empower Field at Mile High, Arrowhead Stadium, Qualcomm Stadium and the Oakland Coliseum, although in 2008 the division was the NFL's weakest since the AFC Central in 1985 by sending the San Diego Chargers to the playoffs as division winners with an 8–8 record while the New England Patriots missed out at 11–5 after losing out on tiebreakers for both the AFC East and the wild-card.[ citation needed ] In 2010, the Raiders swept the entire division, going 6–0, but failed to qualify for the playoffs as they only won two non-divisional games.[ citation needed ]

The division was very weak in 2011 as well, when a loss by the Raiders in the last game of the season gave the Broncos the division title with only an 8–8 record. Only the NFC West in 2010, the NFC South in 2014 and 2022, and the NFC East in 2020 have historically sent a worse division winner to the playoffs, when the Seahawks (themselves a former AFC West member) won that division with a 7–9 record, the Panthers won the NFC South division with a 7–8–1 record,[ citation needed ] the Washington Football Team won the NFC East division with a 7–9 record, and the Buccaneers won the NFC South with an 8–9 record. Along with the AFC (formerly AFL) East, the AFC West is the oldest NFL division in terms of creation date (1960).[ citation needed ]

Division lineups

Place cursor over year for division champ or Super Bowl team.

AFL Western Division
1900s
60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69
Dallas Texans Kansas City Chiefs [A]
Denver Broncos
LA Chargers San Diego Chargers [B]
Oakland Raiders
  Cincinnati
Bengals
[D]
AFC West Division
1900s2000s
70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01
Kansas City Chiefs
Denver Broncos
San Diego Chargers
Oakland Raiders Los Angeles Raiders [C] Oakland Raiders
  Tampa
Bay
Buccaneers
[E]
Seattle Seahawks [F]
AFC West Division
2000s
02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 2425
Kansas City Chiefs
Denver Broncos
San Diego ChargersLos Angeles Chargers
Oakland Raiders Las Vegas Raiders [G]
 Team not in division   Division Won AFL Championship   Division Won AFL Championship, Lost Super Bowl   Division Won AFC Championship   Division Won Super Bowl
A Dallas Texans moved to Kansas City, Missouri and were subsequently renamed the Kansas City Chiefs (1963 season)
B Los Angeles Chargers moved to San Diego (1961 season) but moved back in 2017.
C Oakland Raiders moved to Los Angeles (1982 season). The team returned to Oakland for the 1995 season.
D Cincinnati Bengals enfranchised (1968 season). After 1970 merger with NFL, the team moved to the AFC Central.
E Tampa Bay was enfranchised in 1976. The Buccaneers moved to the NFC Central after their inaugural season, and departed for the newly formed NFC South after the 2001 season.
F Seattle Seahawks moved from the NFC West division (1977 Season). In 2002 they moved back to the NFC West.
G Oakland Raiders moved to the Las Vegas area (2020 season).

Division champions

SeasonTeamRecordPlayoff results
1960 Los Angeles Chargers (1) 10–4Lost AFL Championship (at Oilers) 16–24
1961 San Diego Chargers (2) 12–2Lost AFL Championship (Oilers) 3–10
1962 Dallas Texans (1) 11–3Won AFL Championship (Oilers) 20–17 (2OT)
1963 San Diego Chargers (3) 11–3Won AFL Championship (Patriots) 51–10
1964 San Diego Chargers (4) 8–5–1Lost AFL Championship (at Bills) 7–20
1965 San Diego Chargers (5) 9–2–3Lost AFL Championship (Bills) 0–23
1966 Kansas City Chiefs (2) 11–2–1Won AFL Championship (Bills) 31–7
Lost Super Bowl I (vs. Packers) 10–35
1967 Oakland Raiders (1) 13–1Won AFL Championship (Oilers) 40–7
Lost Super Bowl II (vs. Packers) 14–33
1968! Oakland Raiders (2) 12–2Won Western Division playoff (Chiefs) 41–6
Lost AFL Championship (at Jets) 23–27
1969 Oakland Raiders (3) 12–1–1Won Divisional playoffs (Oilers) 56–7
Lost AFL Championship (Chiefs) 7–17
1970 Oakland Raiders (4) 8–4–2Won Divisional playoffs (Dolphins) 21–14
Lost AFC Championship (at Colts) 17–27
1971 Kansas City Chiefs (3) 10–3–1Lost Divisional playoffs (Dolphins) 24–27 (2OT)
1972 Oakland Raiders (5) 10–3–1Lost Divisional playoffs (at Steelers) 7–13
1973 Oakland Raiders (6) 9–4Won Divisional playoffs (Steelers) 33–14
Lost AFC Championship (at Dolphins) 10–27
1974 Oakland Raiders (7) 12–2Won Divisional playoffs (Dolphins) 28–26
Lost AFC Championship (Steelers) 13–24
1975 Oakland Raiders (8) 11–3Won Divisional playoffs (Bengals) 31–28
Lost AFC Championship (at Steelers) 10–16
1976 Oakland Raiders (9) 13–1Won Divisional playoffs (Patriots) 24–21
Won AFC Championship (Steelers) 24–7
Won Super Bowl XI (vs. Vikings) 32–14
1977 Denver Broncos (1) 12–2Won Divisional playoffs (Steelers) 34–21
Won AFC Championship (Raiders) 20–17
Lost Super Bowl XII (vs. Cowboys) 10–27
1978 Denver Broncos (2) 10–6Lost Divisional playoffs (at Steelers) 10–33
1979 San Diego Chargers (6) 12–4Lost Divisional playoffs (Oilers) 14–17
1980 San Diego Chargers (7) 11–5Won Divisional playoffs (Bills) 20–14
Lost AFC Championship (Raiders) 27–34
1981 San Diego Chargers (8) 10–6Won Divisional playoffs (at Dolphins) 41–38 (OT)
Lost AFC Championship (at Bengals) 7–27
1982# Los Angeles Raiders# 8–1Won First Round playoffs (Browns) 27–10
Lost Second Round playoffs (Jets) 14–17
1983 Los Angeles Raiders (10) 12–4Won Divisional playoffs (Steelers) 38–10
Won AFC Championship (Seahawks) 30–14
Won Super Bowl XVIII (vs. Redskins) 38–9
1984 Denver Broncos (3) 13–3Lost Divisional playoffs (Steelers) 17–24
1985 Los Angeles Raiders (11) 12–4Lost Divisional playoffs (Patriots) 20–27
1986 Denver Broncos (4) 11–5Won Divisional playoffs (Patriots) 22–17
Won AFC Championship (at Browns) 23–20 (OT)
Lost Super Bowl XXI (vs. Giants) 20–39
1987 Denver Broncos (5) 10–4–1Won Divisional playoffs (Oilers) 34–10
Won AFC Championship (Browns) 38–33
Lost Super Bowl XXII (vs. Redskins) 10–42
1988 Seattle Seahawks (1) 9–7Lost Divisional playoffs (at Bengals) 13–21
1989 Denver Broncos (6) 11–5Won Divisional playoffs (Steelers) 24–23
Won AFC Championship (Browns) 37–21
Lost Super Bowl XXIV (vs. 49ers) 10–55
1990 Los Angeles Raiders (12) 12–4Won Divisional playoffs (Bengals) 20–10
Lost AFC Championship (at Bills) 3–51
1991 Denver Broncos (7) 12–4Won Divisional playoffs (Oilers) 26–24
Lost AFC Championship (at Bills) 7–10
1992 San Diego Chargers (9) 11–5Won Wild Card playoffs (Chiefs) 17–0
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Dolphins) 0–31
1993 Kansas City Chiefs (4) 11–5Won Wild Card playoffs (Steelers) 27–24 (OT)
Won Divisional playoffs (at Oilers) 28–20
Lost AFC Championship (at Bills) 13–30
1994 San Diego Chargers (10) 11–5Won Divisional playoffs (Dolphins) 22–21
Won AFC Championship (at Steelers) 17–13
Lost Super Bowl XXIX (vs. 49ers) 26–49
1995 Kansas City Chiefs (5) 13–3Lost Divisional playoffs (Colts) 7–10
1996 Denver Broncos (8) 13–3Lost Divisional playoffs (Jaguars) 27–30
1997 Kansas City Chiefs (6) 13–3Lost Divisional playoffs (Broncos) 10–14
1998 Denver Broncos (9) 14–2Won Divisional playoffs (Dolphins) 38–3
Won AFC Championship (Jets) 23–10
Won Super Bowl XXXIII (vs. Falcons) 34–19
1999 Seattle Seahawks (2) 9–7Lost Wild Card playoffs (Dolphins) 17–20
2000 Oakland Raiders (13) 12–4Won Divisional playoffs (Dolphins) 27–0
Lost AFC Championship (Ravens) 3–16
2001 Oakland Raiders (14) 10–6Won Wild Card playoffs (Jets) 38–24
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Patriots) 13–16 (OT)
2002 Oakland Raiders (15) 11–5Won Divisional playoffs (Jets) 30–10
Won AFC Championship (Titans) 41–24
Lost Super Bowl XXXVII (vs. Buccaneers) 21–48
2003 Kansas City Chiefs (7) 13–3Lost Divisional playoffs (Colts) 31–38
2004 San Diego Chargers (11) 12–4Lost Wild Card playoffs (Jets) 17–20 (OT)
2005 Denver Broncos (10) 13–3Won Divisional playoffs (Patriots) 27–13
Lost AFC Championship (Steelers) 17–34
2006 San Diego Chargers (12) 14–2Lost Divisional playoffs (Patriots) 21–24
2007 San Diego Chargers (13) 11–5Won Wild Card playoffs (Titans) 17–6
Won Divisional playoffs (at Colts) 28–24
Lost AFC Championship (at Patriots) 12–21
2008 San Diego Chargers (14) 8–8Won Wild Card playoffs (Colts) 23–17 (OT)
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Steelers) 24–35
2009 San Diego Chargers (15) 13–3Lost Divisional playoffs (Jets) 14–17
2010 Kansas City Chiefs (8) 10–6Lost Wild Card playoffs (Ravens) 7–30
2011 Denver Broncos (11) 8–8Won Wild Card playoffs (Steelers) 29–23 (OT)
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Patriots) 10–45
2012 Denver Broncos (12) 13–3Lost Divisional playoffs (Ravens) 35–38 (2OT)
2013 Denver Broncos (13) 13–3Won Divisional playoffs (Chargers) 24–17
Won AFC Championship (Patriots) 26–16
Lost Super Bowl XLVIII (vs. Seahawks) 8–43
2014 Denver Broncos (14) 12–4Lost Divisional playoffs (Colts) 13–24
2015 Denver Broncos (15) 12–4Won Divisional playoffs (Steelers) 23–16
Won AFC Championship (Patriots) 20–18
Won Super Bowl 50 (vs. Panthers) 24–10
2016 Kansas City Chiefs (9) 12–4Lost Divisional playoffs (Steelers) 16–18
2017 Kansas City Chiefs (10) 10–6Lost Wild Card playoffs (Titans) 21–22
2018 Kansas City Chiefs (11) 12–4Won Divisional playoffs (Colts) 31–13
Lost AFC Championship (Patriots) 31–37 (OT)
2019 Kansas City Chiefs (12) 12–4Won Divisional playoffs (Texans) 51–31
Won AFC Championship (Titans) 35–24
Won Super Bowl LIV (vs. 49ers) 31–20
2020 Kansas City Chiefs (13) 14–2Won Divisional playoffs (Browns) 22–17
Won AFC Championship (Bills) 38–24
Lost Super Bowl LV (vs. Buccaneers) 9–31
2021 Kansas City Chiefs (14) 12–5Won Wild Card playoffs (Steelers) 42–21
Won Divisional playoffs (Bills) 42–36 (OT)
Lost AFC Championship (Bengals) 24–27 (OT)
2022 Kansas City Chiefs (15) 14–3Won Divisional playoffs (Jaguars) 27–20
Won AFC Championship (Bengals) 23–20
Won Super Bowl LVII (vs. Eagles) 38–35
2023 Kansas City Chiefs (16) 11–6Won Wild Card playoffs (Dolphins) 26–7
Won Divisional playoffs (at Bills) 27–24
Won AFC Championship (at Ravens) 17–10
Won Super Bowl LVIII (vs. 49ers) 25–22 (OT)

Wild Card qualifiers

SeasonTeamRecordPlayoff results
1969# Kansas City Chiefs 11–3Won Divisional playoffs (Jets) 13–6
Won AFL Championship (Raiders) 17–7
Won Super Bowl IV (vs. Vikings) 23–7
1977 Oakland Raiders 11–3Won Divisional playoffs (at Colts) 37–31 (2OT)
Lost AFC Championship (at Broncos) 17–20
1979 Denver Broncos 10–6Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Oilers) 7–13
1980 Oakland Raiders 11–5Won Wild Card playoffs (Oilers) 27–7
Won Divisional playoffs (at Browns) 14–12
Won AFC Championship (at Chargers) 34–27
Won Super Bowl XV (vs. Eagles) 27–10
1982+ San Diego Chargers 6–3Won First Round playoffs (at Steelers) 31–28
Lost Second Round playoffs (at Dolphins) 13–34
1983 Seattle Seahawks 9–7Won Wild Card playoffs (Broncos) 31–7
Won Divisional playoffs (at Dolphins) 27–20
Lost AFC Championship (at Raiders) 14–30
Denver Broncos 9–7Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Seahawks) 7–31
1984 Seattle Seahawks 12–4Won Wild Card playoffs (Raiders) 13–7
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Dolphins) 10–31
Los Angeles Raiders 11–5Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Seahawks) 7–13
1986 Kansas City Chiefs 10–6Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Jets) 15–35
1987 Seattle Seahawks 9–6Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Oilers) 20–23 (OT)
1990 Kansas City Chiefs 11–5Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Dolphins) 16–17
1991 Kansas City Chiefs 10–6Won Wild Card playoffs (Raiders) 10–6
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Bills) 14–37
Los Angeles Raiders 9–7Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Chiefs) 6–10
1992 Kansas City Chiefs 10–6Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Chargers) 0–17
1993 Los Angeles Raiders 10–6Won Wild Card playoffs (Broncos) 42–24
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Bills) 23–29
Denver Broncos 9–7Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Raiders) 24–42
1994 Kansas City Chiefs 9–7Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Dolphins) 17–27
1995 San Diego Chargers 9–7Lost Wild Card playoffs (Colts) 20–35
1997 Denver Broncos 12–4Won Wild Card playoffs (Jaguars) 42–17
Won Divisional playoffs (at Chiefs) 14–10
Won AFC Championship (at Steelers) 24–21
Won Super Bowl XXXII (vs. Packers) 31–24
2000 Denver Broncos 11–5Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Ravens) 3–21
2003 Denver Broncos 10–6Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Colts) 10–41
2004 Denver Broncos 10–6Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Colts) 24–49
2006 Kansas City Chiefs 9–7Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Colts) 8–23
2013 Kansas City Chiefs 11–5Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Colts) 44–45
San Diego Chargers 9–7Won Wild Card playoffs (at Bengals) 27–10
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Broncos) 17–24
2015 Kansas City Chiefs 11–5Won Wild Card playoffs (at Texans) 30–0
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Patriots) 20–27
2016 Oakland Raiders 12–4Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Texans) 14–27
2018 Los Angeles Chargers 12–4Won Wild Card playoffs (at Ravens) 23–17
Lost Divisional playoffs (at Patriots) 28–41
2021 Las Vegas Raiders 10–7Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Bengals) 19–26
2022 Los Angeles Chargers 10–7Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Jaguars) 30–31

# In 1969, The Western Division 2nd place team played the Eastern Division 1st place team in an Interdivisional game.

Total playoff berths

Updated through the 2023–24 NFL playoffs

TeamAFL/AFC West Division
Championships
Playoff
Berths
AFC Conference
Championships*
AFL
Championships†
Super Bowl
Championships
Total
Championships‡
Denver Broncos 15228033
Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs 16266145
Oakland/Los Angeles/Las Vegas Raiders 15235033
San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers 15191101
Totals902021012

*Combines AFC Championships and AFL Championships won between 1966 and 1969
†AFL Championships won prior to Super Bowl I (1960–1965)
‡Combined Super Bowl championships and AFL Championships won prior to Super Bowl I in 1967

Former division members

The table below reflects division titles and playoff appearances from former members of the AFL/AFC West while still in the division.

TeamYears in
division
AFL/AFC West Division
Championships
Playoff
Berths
AFC Conference
Championships
Super Bowl
Championships
Seattle Seahawks 1977–20012500
Cincinnati Bengals 1968–19690000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19760000

Season results

(#)Denotes team that won the Super Bowl
(#)Denotes team that won the AFC Championship
(#)Denotes team that won the AFL Championship
(#)Denotes team that qualified for the NFL Playoffs or AFL Playoffs
SeasonTeam (record)
1st2nd3rd4th5th
AFL Western
1960 L.A. Chargers (10–4) Dal. Texans (8–6) Oakland (6–8) Denver (4–9–1)
1961 San Diego (12–2) Dal. Texans (6–8) Denver (3–11) Oakland (2–12)
1962 Dal. Texans (11–3) Denver (7–7) San Diego (4–10) Oakland (1–13)
1963 San Diego (11–3) Oakland (10–4) Kansas City (5–7–2) Denver (2–11–1)
1964 San Diego (8–5–1) Kansas City (7–7) Oakland (5–7–2) Denver (2–11–1)
1965 San Diego (9–2–3) Oakland (8–5–1) Kansas City (7–5–2) Denver (4–10)
1966 Kansas City (11–2–1) Oakland (8–5–1) San Diego (7–6–1) Denver (4–10)
1967 Oakland (13–1) Kansas City (9–5) San Diego (8–5–1) Denver (3–11)
1968 Oakland (12–2) Kansas City (12–2) San Diego (9–5) Denver (5–9) Cincinnati (3–11)
1969 Oakland (12–1–1) Kansas City (11–3) San Diego (8–6) Denver (5–8–1) Cincinnati (4–9–1)
AFC West
1970 Oakland (8–4–2) Kansas City (7–5–2) San Diego (5–6–3) Denver (5–8–1)
1971 Kansas City (10–3–1) Oakland (8–4–2) San Diego (6–8) Denver (4–9–1)
1972 Oakland (10–3–1) Kansas City (8–6) Denver (5–9) San Diego (4–9–1)
1973 Oakland (9–4–1) Kansas City (7–5–2) Denver (7–5–2) San Diego (2–11–1)
1974 Oakland (12–2) Denver (7–6–1) Kansas City (5–9) San Diego (5–9)
1975 (2) Oakland (11–3) Denver (6–8) Kansas City (5–9) San Diego (2–12)
1976 (1) Oakland (13–1) Denver (9–5) San Diego (6–8) Kansas City (5–9) Tampa Bay (0–14)
1977 (1) Denver (12–2)(4) Oakland (11–3) San Diego (7–7) Seattle (5–9) Kansas City (2–12)
1978 (3) Denver (10–6) Oakland (9–7) Seattle (9–7) San Diego (9–7) Kansas City (4–12)
1979 (1) San Diego (12–4)(5) Denver (10–6) Seattle (9–7) Oakland (9–7) Kansas City (7–9)
1980 (1) San Diego (11–5)(4) Oakland (11–5) Kansas City (8–8) Denver (8–8) Seattle (4–12)
1981 (3) San Diego (10–6) Denver (10–6) Kansas City (9–7) Oakland (7–9) Seattle (6–10)
1982^(1) L.A. Raiders (8–1)(5) San Diego (6–3) Seattle (4–5) Kansas City (3–6) Denver (2–7)
1983 (1) L.A. Raiders (12–4)(4) Seattle (9–7)(5) Denver (9–7) San Diego (6–10) Kansas City (6–10)
1984 (2) Denver (13–3)(4) Seattle (12–4)(5) L.A. Raiders (11–5) Kansas City (8–8) San Diego (7–9)
1985 (1) L.A. Raiders (12–4) Denver (11–5) Seattle (8–8) San Diego (8–8) Kansas City (6–10)
1986 (2) Denver (11–5)(5) Kansas City (10–6) Seattle (10–6) L.A. Raiders (8–8) San Diego (4–12)
1987 (1) Denver (10–4–1)(5) Seattle (9–6) San Diego (8–7) L.A. Raiders (5–10) Kansas City (4–11)
1988 (3) Seattle (9–7) Denver (8–8) L.A. Raiders (7–9) San Diego (6–10) Kansas City (4–11–1)
1989 (1) Denver (11–5) Kansas City (8–7–1) L.A. Raiders (8–8) Seattle (7–9) San Diego (6–10)
1990 (2) L.A. Raiders (12–4)(5) Kansas City (11–5) Seattle (9–7) San Diego (6–10) Denver (5–11)
1991 (2) Denver (12–4)(4) Kansas City (10–6)(5) L.A. Raiders (9–7) Seattle (7–9) San Diego (4–12)
1992 (3) San Diego (11–5)(6) Kansas City (10–6) Denver (8–8) L.A. Raiders (7–9) Seattle (2–14)
1993 (3) Kansas City (11–5)(4) L.A. Raiders (10–6)(5) Denver (9–7) San Diego (8–8) Seattle (6–10)
1994 (2) San Diego (11–5)(6) Kansas City (9–7) L.A. Raiders (9–7) Denver (7–9) Seattle (6–10)
1995 (1) Kansas City (13–3)(4) San Diego (9–7) Seattle (8–8) Denver (8–8) Oakland (8–8)
1996 (1) Denver (13–3) Kansas City (9–7) San Diego (8–8) Oakland (7–9) Seattle (7–9)
1997 (1) Kansas City (13–3)(4) Denver (12–4) Seattle (8–8) Oakland (4–12) San Diego (4–12)
1998 (1) Denver (14–2) Oakland (8–8) Seattle (8–8) Kansas City (7–9) San Diego (5–11)
1999 (3) Seattle (9–7) Kansas City (9–7) San Diego (8–8) Oakland (8–8) Denver (6–10)
2000 (2) Oakland (12–4)(5) Denver (11–5) Kansas City (7–9) Seattle (6–10) San Diego (1–15)
2001 (3) Oakland (10–6) Seattle (9–7) Denver (8–8) Kansas City (6–10) San Diego (5–11)
2002 (1) Oakland (11–5) Denver (9–7) San Diego (8–8) Kansas City (8–8)
2003 (2) Kansas City (13–3)(6) Denver (10–6) Oakland (4–12) San Diego (4–12)
2004 (4) San Diego (12–4)(6) Denver (10–6) Kansas City (7–9) Oakland (5–11)
2005 (2) Denver (13–3) Kansas City (10–6) San Diego (9–7) Oakland (4–12)
2006 (1) San Diego (14–2)(6) Kansas City (9–7) Denver (9–7) Oakland (2–14)
2007 (3) San Diego (11–5) Denver (7–9) Kansas City (4–12) Oakland (4–12)
2008 (4) San Diego (8–8) Denver (8–8) Oakland (5–11) Kansas City (2–14)
2009 (2) San Diego (13–3) Denver (8–8) Oakland (5–11) Kansas City (4–12)
2010 (4) Kansas City (10–6) San Diego (9–7) Oakland (8–8) Denver (4–12)
2011 (4) Denver (8–8) San Diego (8–8) Oakland (8–8) Kansas City (7–9)
2012 (1) Denver (13–3) San Diego (7–9) Oakland (4–12) Kansas City (2–14)
2013 (1) Denver (13–3)(5) Kansas City (11–5)(6) San Diego (9–7) Oakland (4–12)
2014 (2) Denver (12–4) Kansas City (9–7) San Diego (9–7) Oakland (3–13)
2015 (1) Denver (12–4)(5) Kansas City (11–5) Oakland (7–9) San Diego (4–12)
2016 (2) Kansas City (12–4)(5) Oakland (12–4) Denver (9–7) San Diego (5–11)
2017 (4) Kansas City (10–6) L.A. Chargers (9–7) Oakland (6–10) Denver (5–11)
2018 (1) Kansas City (12–4)(5) L.A. Chargers (12–4) Denver (6–10) Oakland (4–12)
2019 (2) Kansas City (12–4) Denver (7–9) Oakland (7–9) L.A. Chargers (5–11)
2020 (1) Kansas City (14–2) Las Vegas (8–8) L.A. Chargers (7–9) Denver (5–11)
2021 (2) Kansas City (12–5)(5) Las Vegas (10–7) L.A. Chargers (9–8) Denver (7–10)
2022 (1) Kansas City (14–3)(5) L.A. Chargers (10–7) Las Vegas (6–11) Denver (5–12)
2023 (3) Kansas City (11–6) Las Vegas (8–9) Denver (8–9) L.A. Chargers (5–12)

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The Las Vegas Raiders are a professional American football team based in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The Raiders compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) West division. The club plays its home games at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada, and is headquartered in Henderson, Nevada.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Los Angeles Chargers</span> National Football League team in Inglewood, California

The Los Angeles Chargers are a professional American football team based in the Greater Los Angeles area. The Chargers compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) West division. The team plays its home games at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, which it shares with the Los Angeles Rams.

Below is a list of professional football Championship Games in the United States, involving:

<span class="mw-page-title-main">AFC Championship Game</span> Semifinal championship football game in the NFL

The AFC Championship Game is the annual championship game of the American Football Conference (AFC) and one of the two semifinal playoff games of the National Football League (NFL), the largest professional American football league in the world. The game is played on the last Sunday in January by the two remaining playoff teams, following the AFC postseason's first two rounds. The AFC champion then advances to face the winner of the NFC Championship Game in the Super Bowl.

The 2001 NFL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Football League (NFL), and the first season of the 21st century. The league permanently moved the first week of the regular season to the weekend following Labor Day. In the wake of the September 11 attacks, the NFL's week 2 games were postponed and rescheduled to the weekend of January 6 and 7, 2002. To retain the full playoff format, all playoff games, including Super Bowl XXXVI, were rescheduled one week later. The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl, defeating the St. Louis Rams 20–17 at the Louisiana Superdome.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">1980 NFL season</span> 1980 National Football League season

The 1980 NFL season was the 61st regular season of the National Football League.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">1997 Denver Broncos season</span> NFL team season

The 1997 season was the Denver Broncos' 28th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 38th overall. The Broncos finished the season with a record of 12–4, finishing second in the AFC West, and winning Super Bowl XXXII. The Broncos were the second wild card team since the 1970 merger to win a Super Bowl, joining the 1980 Oakland Raiders.

NFL's Greatest Games is a series of television programs that air on NFL Network, ESPN and related networks. They are condensed versions of some of the most famous games in the history of the National Football League, using footage and sound captured by NFL Films, as well as original interviews. All installments produced before 2015 are 90 minutes in length, and are presented with a title in respect to the game being featured. Starting in 2015, new installments produced run for either 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or 90 minutes, and no longer have a title beyond the actual game itself that is featured.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">San Diego Chargers</span> American football team (1961–2017)

The San Diego Chargers were a professional American football team of the National Football League (NFL) that played in San Diego from 1961 until the end of the 2016 season, before relocating back to Los Angeles, where the franchise had played its inaugural 1960 season. The team is now known as the Los Angeles Chargers.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Oakland Raiders</span> Former professional American football team

The Oakland Raiders were a professional American football team that played in Oakland from its founding in 1960 to 1981 and again from 1995 to 2019 before relocating to the Las Vegas metropolitan area where they now play as the Las Vegas Raiders. Between 1982 and 1994, the team played in Los Angeles as the Los Angeles Raiders.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">1969 American Football League season</span> American Football League season

The 1969 AFL season was the tenth and final regular season of the American Football League. To honor the AFL's tenth season, a special anniversary logo was designed and each Kansas City Chiefs player wore a patch on his jersey with the logo during Super Bowl IV, the final AFL-NFL World Championship Game prior to the AFL–NFL merger.

The 1963 AFL season was the fourth regular season of the American Football League.

The Chiefs–Raiders rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Las Vegas Raiders. The rivalry between the Chiefs and Raiders is considered to be one of the NFL's most bitter rivalries. Since the American Football League (AFL) was established in 1960, the Chiefs and Raiders have shared the same division, first being the AFL Western Conference, and since the AFL–NFL merger in 1970, the AFC West.

As with all sports leagues, there are several significant rivalries between teams and notable players in the National Football League (NFL). Rivalries are occasionally created due to a particular event that causes bad blood between teams, players, coaches, or owners, but for the most part, they arise simply due to the frequency with which some teams play each other and sometimes exist for geographic reasons.

This is a list of playoff records set by various teams in various categories in the National Football League during the Super Bowl Era.

The Chargers–Raiders rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders that has transcended two leagues and a combined five relocations. Since debuting in the inaugural AFL season, in 1960, as the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers in the AFL Western Conference, both teams joined the AFC West in 1970 under the AFL–NFL merger.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">49ers–Raiders rivalry</span> National Football League rivalry

The 49ers–Raiders rivalry, once commonly known as the Battle of the Bay, is a professional American football rivalry between the National Football League (NFL)'s San Francisco 49ers and Las Vegas Raiders. This rivalry is unique in that both teams are members of different conferences within the NFL and have never met in a postseason game. The rivalry stems from the proximity of Oakland and San Francisco in the northern Bay Area, and was formalised the first time the teams met after the AFL–NFL merger in the 1970 season. The geographic aspect of the rivalry ended in 2020, when the Raiders left California and relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada.

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