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2013 NFL Playoffs Thread -- Wild Card Weekend - 01/04/14 and 01/05/14

WILD CARD WEEKEND
Saturday, January 4th, 2014
TEAMSTIME (ET)TVLOCATION
Kansas City at Indianapolis4:35 PMNBCLucas Oil Stadium
New Orleans at Philadelphia8:10 PMNBCLincoln Financial Field

Sunday, January 5th, 2014
TEAMSTIME (ET)TVLOCATION
San Diego at Cincinnati1:05 PMCBSPaul Brown Stadium
San Francisco at Green Bay4:40 PMFOXLambeau Field
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Re: 2013 NFL Playoffs Thread -- Wild Card Weekend - 01/04/14 and 01/05/14

I'm already shivering.
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Re: 2013 NFL Playoffs Thread -- Wild Card Weekend - 01/04/14 and 01/05/14

Current lines:

IND -2.5 / 46.5
PHI -2.5 / 53.5
CIN -7 / 47
GB +3 / 48
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Re: 2013 NFL Playoffs Thread -- Wild Card Weekend - 01/04/14 and 01/05/14

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I'm already shivering.


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Re: 2013 NFL Playoffs Thread -- Wild Card Weekend - 01/04/14 and 01/05/14

Maybe a few of those degrees on Saturday will slip to Sunday. Another site I saw said -22 for Monday, so I suppose theoretically it could be worse. That would be farcically cold...a full 9 degrees colder than the coldest NFL game ever (the Ice Bowl). Looks like this one will barely make the top 10 coldest ever if that forecast holds.
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Re: 2013 NFL Playoffs Thread -- Wild Card Weekend - 01/04/14 and 01/05/14

Saw and article that the Packers were having a hard time selling tickets, had 10,000 available.
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Re: 2013 NFL Playoffs Thread -- Wild Card Weekend - 01/04/14 and 01/05/14

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Saw and article that the Packers were having a hard time selling tickets, had 10,000 available.
I saw tweets all weekend by many NFL Writers and 3 of the 4 playoff games are close to being blacked out. Only the Eagles have sold out so far, as the Packers, Bengals and Colts all have between 8,000-10,000 seats to sell by Thursday 4PM, or they will be blacked out locally. The owners have to buy the rest of the tickets up at face value (usually donating them to charity) at the last minute to avoid a blackout.

I can only speak for myself, but I would rather sit at home or go over a friends house to watch my local NFL team (I am an Eagles fan). Why pay outrageous prices for tickets, parking, food, along with fighting the traffic and dealing with a bunch of drunken idiots for 4 hours?

Where I disagree is that the NFL should be alarmed by these non-sellouts, simply because they get SO much TV revenue these days it more then makes up for the stadiums that don't fully sellout. The Blackout rule was always arcaic, but now it is even more outdated when the owners are getting BILLIONS of dollars from NBC, ESPN, CBS and FOX for the TV rights.
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Re: 2013 NFL Playoffs Thread -- Wild Card Weekend - 01/04/14 and 01/05/14

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Maybe a few of those degrees on Saturday will slip to Sunday. Another site I saw said -22 for Monday, so I suppose theoretically it could be worse. That would be farcically cold...a full 9 degrees colder than the coldest NFL game ever (the Ice Bowl). Looks like this one will barely make the top 10 coldest ever if that forecast holds.
If the people who ran the NFL had a half a brain they would switch the SD/CIN and SF/GB games,but the NFL is more concerned with tv ratings than they are about fans safety.
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Re: 2013 NFL Playoffs Thread -- Wild Card Weekend - 01/04/14 and 01/05/14

I can't believe Green Bay has a possible blackout situation. The Eagles sold out in 3 minutes.

It will be in the low 20's in Philadelphia Saturday night. Goddamn, I missed the playoffs.

Why pay outrageous prices for tickets, parking, food, along with fighting the traffic and dealing with a bunch of drunken idiots for 4 hours?
Because tailgating is fun and being in an NFL stadium is a massive adrenaline rush. I love both seeing a game live AND sitting at home in the warmth.
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Re: 2013 NFL Playoffs Thread -- Wild Card Weekend - 01/04/14 and 01/05/14

Before the playoffs start, is anyone going to give their SB prediction?
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I don't think $112 (face+fees in GB) for a playoff ticket is outrageous. That's not why people aren't going. Cheapest tickets you could get for regular season games with Rodgers playing was generally $125+ (Craigslist/StubHub), and they were always sold out.

It is funny watching the local Fox weather, they obviously show the frigid weather Sunday in the forecast, but don't mention the game at all yet. Clearly not trying to dissuade anybody from buying tickets.
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Re: 2013 NFL Playoffs Thread -- Wild Card Weekend - 01/04/14 and 01/05/14

Originally Posted by mcnabb View Post
I can only speak for myself, but I would rather sit at home or go over a friends house to watch my local NFL team (I am an Eagles fan). Why pay outrageous prices for tickets, parking, food, along with fighting the traffic and dealing with a bunch of drunken idiots for 4 hours?
While sitting out in freezing temperatures as well.

NFL attendance has dropped around the league for the most part, and will probably continue to do so. The home viewing experience is incredible nowadays with a bevy of games to watch in crystal-clear HD. It's hard to justify spending good money to sit in bad weather to watch a game from far away. Tailgate parties can only go so far.

I think the teams need to realize the stadiums need to be more intimate - it's gone that way in baseball... and in places where the weather is extreme (mostly cold climates) a retractable roof is necessary so you have the option in good and bad weather. It wouldn't hurt to drop the ticket prices either. They get enough TV money that they can sacrifice a bit on the stadium revenue.
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Re: 2013 NFL Playoffs Thread -- Wild Card Weekend - 01/04/14 and 01/05/14

The above only applies to cities with a lame fan base, of course.
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Re: 2013 NFL Playoffs Thread -- Wild Card Weekend - 01/04/14 and 01/05/14

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I don't think $112 (face+fees in GB) for a playoff ticket is outrageous. That's not why people aren't going. Cheapest tickets you could get for regular season games with Rodgers playing was generally $125+ (Craigslist/StubHub), and they were always sold out.

It is funny watching the local Fox weather, they obviously show the frigid weather Sunday in the forecast, but don't mention the game at all yet. Clearly not trying to dissuade anybody from buying tickets.
Looks like it's going to drop to about -20 by midnight, so figure about -15 by the final whistle. Every TV timeout is going to feel like a dagger to the face. It quite literally may be warmer at the North Pole Sunday night.
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The above only applies to cities with a lame fan base, of course.
I would agree with you, but I can't understand how Greenbay isn't sold out this weekend? It's not like they have never had below freezing temperature games, so I can't believe fans are bailing because of the weather? And they have been consistently winning for the past 20 years with Favre and Rodgers, so its wouldn't be comparable to the Redskins fanbase where the ownership and team have been disfunctional for years.

Anyone from Greenbay here have the local take on why there are still 8,000+ tickets still unsold?
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Re: 2013 NFL Playoffs Thread -- Wild Card Weekend - 01/04/14 and 01/05/14

They have added 20,000 seats over the last 20 years. Holds over 80,000 and it is never fun sitting on those benches in zero degree weather, especially when you can watch on 60 inch HDTV. Also, many of those ticket holders are old timers that no longer want to go to those games.
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We mentioned it in the previous thread. Weather is I think playing a small part (the last 3 home games have been below 20, but it's going to be ridiculously cold Sunday). We've also been spoiled the last 20 years with home playoff games, and a lot of people are thinking "oh, 49ers, they'll stomp us, I'm not going to waste the money to sit in the cold and lose. They'll be back next year." The timing of tickets going on sale between Christmas and New Years probably didn't help.

And it just so happens that the Lambeau expansion that was completed last summer added 7 or 8 thousand seats.

On the bright side, the weather will probably mean it's mostly hardcore fans there who will make some noise.
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You are correct on the timing, when playoff ticket invoices went out many declined because they had not won a game in a month and it did not look very likely that they would make the playoffs. Most years they have had Favre/Rodgers and it was known that they would make the playoffs. If they don't make the playoffs and you order playoff tickets the Packers just keep the money now as a deposit for next year's tickets so many just decided to hold on to their money.
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Re: 2013 NFL Playoffs Thread -- Wild Card Weekend - 01/04/14 and 01/05/14

Originally Posted by Bill Needle View Post
Looks like it's going to drop to about -20 by midnight, so figure about -15 by the final whistle. Every TV timeout is going to feel like a dagger to the face. It quite literally may be warmer at the North Pole Sunday night.
I've gotta stop looking at the forecast. Every time I do, it's colder.

http://www.nfl.com/photoessays/09000d5d824da7dd

-13 air temp is the ice bowl record. Looking like we'll break that at some point in the game.

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Re: 2013 NFL Playoffs Thread -- Wild Card Weekend - 01/04/14 and 01/05/14

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Before the playoffs start, is anyone going to give their SB prediction?
Seattle v Denver

My heart says Denver wins, but my head and gut says Seattle.
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Seattle v Denver

My heart says Denver wins, but my head and gut says Seattle.
This would be my prediction too, but as great as Peyton Manning is in the regular season, he always finds a way to choke in the playoffs.
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Before the playoffs start, is anyone going to give their SB prediction?
Pats/Eagles in an epic cold-weather SB. I think the Eagles have a good chance of sneaking through this year.
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I think Seattle is fucked the minute they leave Qwest.
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I think Seattle is fucked the minute they leave Qwest.
Cold Super Bowl could work to their advantage though.
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Re: 2013 NFL Playoffs Thread -- Wild Card Weekend - 01/04/14 and 01/05/14

Originally Posted by mcnabb View Post
Anyone from Greenbay here have the local take on why there are still 8,000+ tickets still unsold?
This is what I posted in the other thread:

Part of the problem is their own success. This is the first time in 10 years there has been single game tickets available for a game. Everyone just assumes you literally can't buy a ticket (outside of secondary markets).

They also made no announcements ahead of time whatsoever about the fact that should they make the playoffs there would be tickets available for purchase. The first time it was made public was late Sunday evening. Dumb. That, and they basically gave Monday exclusively to season ticket holders for a second chance buy opportunity - which I totally disagree with for both a marketing (sell them while they are hot!) and fan-base reason (they had their chance in November). They also limited how many tickets you could buy (since lifted).
Between the "private sale" Monday and the Wednesday holiday, entering today the tickets have only been on sale for the general public for one "business day." That hasn't helped either. But as I also said on the other thread there is a 0% chance this game won't sell out,. On the other hand, a blackout might actually be good for the spoiled fan base who won't go because it's a little (OK, a lot!) too cold or the Packers aren't favored by a TD.

ETA: I just checked and the seats available now compared to yesterday seem to indicate they are selling quite a few today. Between that and the easy to obtain blackout extension I seriously doubt there will be a blackout.

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