Prior to the start of the season, not too many people expected the Eagles to make a push into the playoffs this winter, let alone be hosting a home game during the first weekend of January. However, it didn’t take the Philadelphia faithful long to react after their Eagles secured their spot and a Saturday showdown against the Saints at Lincoln Financial Field.
Tickets for the Eagles’ first playoff appearance since 2010 went on sale Tuesday afternoon and sold out within minutes. That's not surprising considering the devotion the city shows to its sports teams - especially the one in green.
What is surprising, however, is the fact that the Eagles/Saints showdown slated for Saturday evening is the only one of the NFL’s four first-round playoff games that is actually sold out at this point. Thousands of tickets remain for games in Green Bay, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis. The deadline to sell out those games is 72 hours before the teams' respective kickoffs. If the games aren't sold out, there could be blackouts in the home television markets.
Considering the national popularity and success of the NFL, it seems strange and somewhat surprising that the league would be unable to sell out multiple post-season showdowns. That's especially true in a place like Green Bay, which has seen 309 consecutive sellouts (including playoffs), and has upwards of 100,000 people on its season ticket waiting list. The possibility of a game not being sold out in Cincinnati and Indianapolis is a little less surprising, but still, you would expect the local support to at least fill up an arena.