Feel like spending New Year's Eve in Cincinnati?
Depending on what happens Sunday, the Ravens could be facing Cincinnati on Dec. 30 in the regular-season finale with the AFC North title on the line. And it appears plenty of good seats are still available.
The Bengals, who have frequently run into trouble with television blackouts locally because they fail to sell out games, issued a statement on Wednesday about the Ravens-Bengals game that went something like this: Tickets are here, come and get 'em.
"Sales have remained steady this week, but we are still several thousand short of a sellout," ticket sales manager Andrew Brown said. "The upside for fans at this point is that a number of seating options remain for what promises to be a very significant game. As we've said, we are giving our utmost to the goal of achieving a sellout and local television coverage, but more steady progress is going to be needed."
If the Ravens lose Sunday to the Giants, and if the Bengals win Sunday against the Steelers, then the Ravens game at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 30, will be for the AFC North title.
Of course, the game will lose a lot of its luster if the Ravens beat the Giants on Sunday. That would wrap up the AFC North title for the Ravens. If the Bengals beat the Steelers on Sunday, they would clinch at least a wild-card spot regardless of what the Ravens do.
The Ravens have already earned their fifth straight trip to the playoffs and need one more win to secure a home playoff game.
The turf is a little more foreign for the Bengals; after making the playoffs last year, they are seeking to do that in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1981-82.