FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots will be playing in their 11th AFC Championship Game this Sunday when they host the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium (6:40 p.m. kickoff). It is their fourth consecutive trip to the conference championship, their ninth in 14 years and their 10th AFC Championship Game appearance since 1996. To help celebrate, the team announced that this year's honorary captains for the championship game will be their three most recent Patriots Hall of Famers; Ty Law (2014), Tedy Bruschi (2013) and Troy Brown (2012). All three are also three-time Super Bowl Champions.
"It is an honor to play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game in front of our home crowd," said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. "We love that we are able to include three of our franchise's most popular players in the pregame ceremonies. I think our fans will really enjoy expressing their appreciation for all the success those three players represent. I am so glad they could each be here to help us in yet another quest to win a championship."
Following a 24-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX, the New England Patriots cemented their status as one of the greatest teams of all-time, as they became just the second franchise in NFL history to win three Super Bowls in four years (Dallas 1992, '93, '95). In the 10th anniversary of the historic achievement, Brown, Bruschi and Law will be back on the Gillette Stadium field as honorary captains to celebrate with the fans prior to the game.