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AFC - NFC Championship Games

Battle for the George S. Halas and Lamar Hunt Trophy

The two teams playing in the Championship games this Sunday are competing for trophies you may have never heard of: The winner of the NFC gets the George S. Halas trophy, and the AFC winner receives the Lamar Hunt Trophy.


What's at stake:

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

National Football Conference Championship and the George Halas Trophy

Player shares

$54,000 to each participating player. Winners advance to Super Bowl LIII where the share is $118,000 for each winner, $59,000 for each loser.

Trophy

The winning team receives permanent possession of the George S. Halas Trophy, named in honor of the former owner, coach, and player of the Chicago Bears and one of the founders of the National Football League. First presented following the 1984 season, the 2010 season marked the debut of it's redesign by Tiffany & Co. The trophy reflects the sterling silver material of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, awarded each year to the Super Bowl champions and also designed by Tiffany & Co. The trophy design is based on a football and features an etched conference logo and the NFL Shield.


AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

American Football Conference Championship and the Lamar Hunt Trophy

Player shares

$54,000 to each participating player. Winners advance to Super Bowl LIII where the share is $118,000 for each winner, $59,000 for each loser.

Trophy

The winning team receives permanent possession of the Lamar Hunt Trophy, named in honor of Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Lamar Hunt, the founder of the American Football League and longtime majority owner of the Kansas City Chiefs. First presented follow- ing the 1984 season, the 2010 season marked the debut of its redesign by Tiffany & Co. The trophy reflects the sterling silver material of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, awarded each year to the Super Bowl champions and also designed by Tiffany & Co. The trophy design is based on a football and features an etched conference logo and the NFL Shield.

The 2017 AFC winner (Patriots), received a $51,000 check. The loser (Jacksonville), the exact same amount.

The NFC winner was the Eagles, who beat the Vikings. They received the same amount.


Notable Championship games:

1967 (The Ice Bowl)

GREEN BAY 21, DALLAS 17—Bart Starr snuck over from 1 yard out with 13 seconds remaining to give the Packers the victory in “The Ice Bowl.”

The temperature was 13°-below at game time, and the icy winds made it feel considerably colder. The Packers, seeking their third consecutive NFL title, jumped to a 14-0 lead on 2 touchdown passes from Bart Starr to Boyd Dowler. But Dallas’ defense rebounded, forcing 2 fumbles that led to a touchdown and a field goal to make it 14-10 at half- time. 

It stayed that way until the fourth quarter when running back Dan Reeves threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Lance Rentzel to give Dallas a 17-14 lead. 

With 4:50 to play, Green Bay mounted a 12-play, 68-yard drive. On third down from the Cowboys’ 1, with no timeouts left, the Packers eschewed the tying field goal and went for the winning touchdown, which Starr delivered by following the block of guard Jerry Kramer.


Ran DeBord ~ All Access Sporting News

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