The NFL regular season concluded in dramatic fashion with the win-and-in NFC East showdown between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. Philly came out on top securing a playoff berth and their first division title in three years. In similar fashion, Green Bay locked up the NFC North earlier in the day, earning a playoff berth of their own in Aaron Rodgers’ return. Perhaps the most exciting game of the day took place at Qualcomm Stadium between the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. Thanks to some help from the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets in the morning, the Chargers knew that if they could beat the Chiefs who were sitting a majority of their starters, they would earn the final AFC Wild Card spot. Rivers and company did just that, holding off the Chiefs backups 27-24.
We break down the four NFL Wild Card games after the jump.
AFC Wild Card Tickets – Ticket Prices
Avg. Price: $180
The Bolts grabbed the attention of NFL fans and the league Sunday, proving that they can strike at any time. Hopefully San Diego is feeling recharged, because they’ll have to face the perfect-at-home Bengals Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati playoff tickets are currently going for under face value on Razorgator with the cheapest seats for Bengals fans listed at $66. It’s surprising that the Wild Card game is not sold-out considering the franchise has a chance to win their first playoff game since 1990. Who wants to miss that?
Avg. Price: $201
It was just a week ago that we saw these two AFC foes face off. The Chiefs do not need to be reminded of the thrashing defeat at home in which Alex Smith was responsible for three turnovers. All will be forgotten however if KC can trump Andrew Luck in Indy; a feat not out of reach considering a majority of their starters will be on two weeks rest. The first Wild Card round game this Saturday is a mere $62 to get in to when the Chiefs and Colts lay it all out for their chance to advance to the Divisional round.
NFC Wild Card Tickets – Ticket Prices
Avg. Price: $370
In a rematch of last year’s Divisional playoff game, two of the NFC’s biggest heavy weights will meet in the most expensive Wild Card game of the season. The Niners won the playoff game last year and proved to be on top again in the 2013 season opener at The Stick when Colin Kaepernick threw for 412 yards and three touchdowns. The QB continues to be a dual threat and the Niners are arguably the hottest team in the NFL right now. Riding on the momentum from Sunday, Green Bay is looking to break San Francisco’s winning streak. With the NFC North crown now in hand, the Packers appear relatively healthy just in time for the NFL Playoffs. In fact it was recently cleared Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb who connected late in the fourth quarter Sunday to move the Packers past the Bears and into the postseason. The Green & Gold won’t have to pay much more than a regular season game at Lambeau Field to watch their boys fight for redemption against their nemesis, the 9ers. Green Bay Packers Playoff tickets start at $156 for the most intriguing game of the Week.
Avg. Price: $284
The only two teams that did not previously meet during the regular season – New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles – will convene at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday evening. Both teams clinched a playoff berth this past Sunday; the Eagles with a close victory over the Cowboys for the NFC East title and the Saints with a rout over the Bucs. After losing the division title to the Panthers last weekend, New Orleans will have to play their first round playoff game on the road in Philly. While the Eagles started the season 0-4 at home, Chip Kelly and Co. have soared ever since going 4-0 at Lincoln Financial Field to finish. Nick Foles may be a rookie to the playoff scene but he posted the best touchdown-to-interception ratio in NFL history. Opposite, veteran QB Drew Brees will be at the helm for the Saints who have made five playoff appearances in the last decade. Attend this rookie-vs-veteran showdown for as little as $137. Take note: the Eagles haven’t won a playoff game at home since 2006 when they beat the Giants. The Saints haven’t won a road playoff game ever.
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