The Colts aren’t the only wild-card team with worries of a weekend blackout. The Bengals currently have even more tickets to sell.
According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, a “brisk” Monday of transactions still left the Bengals 10,000 seats short of a sellout for Sunday’s playoff game against the Chargers.
“We had a good day but it is just going to have to continue through the night and hopefully continue to have a strong response over the next couple days,” Director of Sales and Public Affairs Jeff Berding told Reedy. “It can’t let up. We have to continue to have the type of day we had today every day this week.”
Mayor John Cranley has joined the effort to fill Paul Brown Stadium, where the Bengals are 8-0 this season.
“It’s going to be a great week for Cincinnati, so I would ask all of you to help me make it a great city by doing what I did,” Cranley said. “I personally bought two tickets today and I’m asking all of you to come down and show your pride for the Bengals, show your pride for downtown, show your pride for the wonderful team that Marvin Lewis has put together.”
Despite the unbeaten mark at home, the Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since January 1991. Nine years earlier, the Bengals qualified for their first Super Bowl by beating the Chargers under frigid conditions in Cincinnati.