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Bengals Playoff Game Not Sold Out
CINCINNATI (Joe Webb) -- It's been 10 years since an NFL team has not sold out a playoff game and the Bengals don't want to be the next team to carry that stigma.
They've sold out all eight home games this season but with a short holiday week and a lot of tickets still available, the team is optimistic but not confident they can sellout this game.
The Bengals sales staff was busy Monday morning manning the phones. They were selling tickets as fast as they could answer the calls. The front office made its pitch for tickets, this is a chance to see the first Bengals playoff win in more than 20 years.
Bengals Sales and Public Affairs Jeff Berding said, "Well, we have a great team. We are excited to host a playoff game here in Cincinnati. We want a full Paul Brown Stadium and we hope fans come out this week and buy tickets. We have over 10,000 tickets left and we want to give a team that's playing great at home that home field advantage on the road to the Super Bowl."
Sales were steady at the ticket windows and brisk on both Bengals.com and Ticketmaster but good seats were still available Monday morning. Fans walked away from the ticket windows with club level seats and lower level end zone seats.
Since it's a playoff game the Bengals cannot make any special offers like "buy one, get one free" to bump up sales. And they really don't feel like they should have to because the team has sold itself.
The 2013 Bengals team has done its part to boost sales. They are undefeated at home. They are 11 and 5 for only the second time since the late 1980's and this team simply does not quit. They are fun to watch and this team seems like a bunch of regular guys in a league with big egos.
Former season ticket holder, Eddie Meiners, cannot believe the game isn't sold out, "I'm a believer in this team, these guys are amazing. I love this defense I love this swagger that they brought. I think I read this morning the number three ranked defense at the end of the season. First time since '83 that that's happened. That's awesome."
Local 12 obviously has a stake in this matter because the NFL blackout rule does apply to playoff games. If it's not sold out, it will not be broadcast in Cincinnati. If it is sold out, you can watch it Sunday at 1:05p.m. on Local 12.
Berding said he is optimistic but not yet confident the game will sell out. The Bengals already beat the Chargers 17-10 on December 1st of this year in San Diego.
The last time the Bengals and Chargers met in the postseason was the infamous "Freezer Bowl" AFC Championship in 1982. They'll be looking for their first playoff win since 1990 on Sunday.