The Atlanta Falcons had tied for the best record in the NFL last season but were ousted by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game 24-28, failing to advance to the Super Bowl as expected. Led by one of the best quarterbacks in the League in Matt Ryan, the Falcons are projected to win a high percentage of games at home and outscore their opponents with Julio Jones, Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White all returning. The Falcons also picked up 2009 NFC rushing leader Steven Jackson this offseason; the RB replaces Michael Turner and will be one to watch in the season opener against the Saints on Sunday.
Tickets for the opening game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome against the New Orleans Saints are averaging $331 and are the most expensive Week 1 NFL ticket in the League. When the Saints visit the Georgia Dome the weekend before Thanksgiving, Falcons tickets are a much more affordable $179. This rivalry has intensified over the years; many considering it the best in the NFC with so many recent games being decided in the fourth quarter. It was the Saints who crushed any hopes of a perfect season last year for the Falcons in Week 10.
Key road games for the Falcons include a trip to San Francisco to play the Niners in a NFC Conference Championship rematch. The Monday Night Football game is the most expensive game at Candlestick in 2013. Three weeks before that, the Falcons will play the Bills in Toronto at the Rogers Centre December 1 for the sixth annual Bills Toronto Series followed by a trip to Green Bay to play the NFC North defending champions. Atlanta Falcons road tickets average $186 on the secondary market, down $40 since June when Falcons away tickets were the sixth most expensive in the League. Even though Falcons road tickets fell seven spots in the rankings, they are still $45 more than the average Falcons ticket at home.
The Week 4 game against the New England Patriots is the most expensive game at the Georgia Dome this year. Falcons tickets for the game are averaging $261, up $44 in the last month and $78 more than the 12/15 game against defending NFC East champion Washington Redskins, the next most expensive game on the Falcons schedule. The average Atlanta Falcons tickets this season are up 14 percent compared to last year, but have remained constant on the secondary market over the summer averaging in the $140 range. The Falcons have one of the best ticket deals in the NFL; Atlanta Falcons tickets are the cheapest of any team that made the Divisional Round in the NFL Playoffs last year and $35 cheaper than the league average.
|9/15/2013||St. Louis Rams||$103.33|
|9/29/2013||New England Patriots||$260.51|
|10/7/2013||New York Jets||$119.26|
|10/20/2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||$114.50|
|11/21/2013||New Orleans Saints||$178.69|
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