Three days before one of the most anticipated NFL games this season between the 9-0 Chiefs and 8-1 Broncos, we take a look at the top matchups for the remainder of the year based on the average ask price of tickets listed on the secondary market.
#5: Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers (12/29)
In Week 9, we saw the Bears face the Packers in Green Bay in the battle of backup quarterbacks following an early first quarter exit for Aaron Rodgers (collarbone). The Bears put together a great team effort with backup QB Josh McCown, in for Jay Cutler (groin), connecting with his receivers for two TD passes including one for 11-yards to Brandon Marshall. Matt Forte had a TD of his own and ran for 125 yards on the night. Alshon Jeffrey had five catches and one TD. The cohesive 27-20 win by the Bears, ended a six game losing streak versus their NFC North rivals. The outcome of that MNF game is no indicator of what is to come in late-December when the two teams meet for the second time, in Chicago. Both Cutler (now ankle) and Rodgers are expected to return by then, and the teams will face-off true to form with a potential playoff berth at stake.
#4: New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos (11/24)
When the league’s schedule was released back in April, this game was the most expensive of the season. The Tom Brady-Peyton Manning matchup will have playoff implications (as expected at the beginning of the year) and will be the second Sunday-Night Football game in a row for the Broncos. Currently in the AFC playoff race the Broncos are 8-1 and the Patriots are just behind them at 7-2. Denver is hoping their quarterback recovers quickly from a sprained ankle sustained in last week’s game against the Chargers, as are NFL fans across the country as they have been anticipating this matchup all year long.
#3: Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints (12/2)
Seattle is currently in the driver’s seat for home-field advantage in the NFC with one less loss than the Saints, who play the Niners in Week 11. But Drew Brees and company are looking to earn a first round bye in the Playoffs as well. The Saints QB recently told the press of Russell Wilson, he has the “ability to run the football and extend plays outside the pocket and throw the ball down the field. Intermediate [routes], I mean he can do it all.” Both QBs are well-respected in the league and have tons of respect for one another. The Monday Night Football game between the Seahawks and Saints in Week 13 will have a playoff feel and could go a long way in determining home-field for the NFC Championship game.
#2: Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs (11/17)
The Week 11 AFC West showdown between the undefeated Chiefs and preseason Super Bowl favorite Broncos is one for the history books. At least for these two teams. According to a recent Forbes article, the average price for the KC Chiefs yearly visit to Mile High the past three years has been $172, $338, and $300. This Sunday Night Football face-off between the combined 17-1 teams will cost you an average $520 at the moment. After finishing 2-14 last season, no one saw the Chiefs at the top of the league this far into the season. Thus, had you bought tickets prior to the start of the regular season, you would have paid an average $255, or $265 less than you’ll have to pony up now. The winner of this game will not only take control of the Division, but also be in the driver’s seat for home-field advantage throughout the playoff in the AFC.
#1: San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks (12/8)
The first meeting between these two NFC West teams was all Seattle. It was a very happy birthday for Coach Pete Carroll as he watched his Seahawks fly to a 29-3 victory over their division rivals. Following a 60-minute delay-of-game, Marshawn Lynch led his team with 135 total yards and 3 touchdowns that night. While the Week 2 game between the two west coast teams was a rout, it lacked efficiency on both ends; Russell Wilson connected just twice in his first ten throws as the Seattle receivers fought to get open. A lot more could be riding on the Week 14 meeting between San Francisco and Seattle, especially if the 49ers pick up a win against the Saints this week and the Saints turn around and beat Seattle in Week 13; the Niners are currently 2 ½ games behind the Seahawks and can pick up ground with a win at home in December. With the division potentially on the line, Seahawks-Niners tickets are almost double the price that they were before the regular season started.
|Date||Event name||Venue||Avg. Price (11/14)|
|12/8/2013||San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks||Candlestick Park||$540.31|
|11/17/2013||Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs||Sports Authority Field At Mile High||$520.22|
|12/2/2013||Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints||CenturyLink Field||$494.41|
|11/24/2013||New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos||Gillette Stadium||$479.33|
|12/29/2013||Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers||Soldier Field Stadium||$438.77|