The Patriots, Steelers & Broncos have 26/52 AFC titles (50%). They absolutely dominate the AFC.
1. The last time none of these 3 teams showed up in the AFC title game was during the 2009 season when the Colts beat the Jets 30-17.
2. There have been only TWO AFC title games in the 21st century where none of these 3 teams showed up. 2002 and 2009. In 2002, the Raiders beat the Titans 41-24.
3. The last time neither the Patriots, Steelers nor the Broncos made the playoffs was 1990. The seeds were: 1. Bills 2. Raiders 3. Bengals 4. Dolphins 5. Chiefs 6. Oilers
4. The Patriots have won the AFC 10 times, the Steelers and Broncos each have won 8 times. The next team with the most wins are the Dolphins with 5 wins, and they last won it in 1984.
5. 6 of out 17 AFC title games in the 21st century has been a meeting of 2 of these 3 teams. The Patriots are 3-0 vs the Steelers. The Broncos are 2-0 vs the Patriots. The Steelers are 1-0 vs the Broncos.
6. The #1 seed in the AFC has been won by 1 of these 3 teams every year since 2010. In 2009, the Colts were the #1 seed.
7. One of these 3 teams have won 12/17 #1 AFC seeds in the 21st century. #1 seeds won by other teams in the 21st century: 2009 Colts, 2008 Titans, 2006 Chargers, 2005 Colts, 2002 Raiders.
8. Two of these 3 teams have won the TOP TWO seeds 6 of the last 8 years. In 2016, the Chiefs were the #2 seed, and in 2011 the Ravens were the #2 seed.
9. At least 1 of these 3 teams have won a division title in every season since realignment. The last time none of them won a division title was in 2000, the last year before realignment when there were just 3 divisions per conference. The Dolphins won the east, the Raiders won the west, and the Titans won the old "central" division that year.
10. Peyton Manning only made it to the AFC title game 3 times as a Colt.