Playoff buzz: There are 9,000 tickets available for ’sold out’ game





By MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM

Falcons vs. Seahawks

The Falcons were 4-1 and the Seahawks were 3-2 against common opponents during the regular season. But none of those common opponents qualified for the playoffs. The Falcons (regular season) and Seahawks (wild-card round) each won at Washington when quarterback Robert Griffin III was hobbled.

So Jeff Schultz, writing for his ajc.com blog, compared the teams in another way: how each fared against the other teams in the playoff field. It turns out the Falcons are the only team that went undefeated against the rest of the field, but they also played the fewest playoff teams.

The Falcons beat Denver, the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and Washington, which played a wild-card team after winning the NFC East. Seattle was 4-1 against teams that eventually made the playoffs.

The Seahawks beat the AFC’s No. 2 seed, New England, and the NFC’s No. 3 seed, Green Bay. The Seahawks also defeated NFC wild-card team Minnesota and split two games against San Francisco, the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

Tickets

The game Sunday at the Georgia Dome is sold out, but plenty of those tickets ended up on the secondary market. As of Tuesday afternoon, StubHub.com was offering more than 9,000 tickets that started at $60 for single upper end-zone seats.

“Mezzanine” seats, located in the second level, started at about $120 in the end zone. Tickets in the lower end-zone section started at roughly $120, and sideline lower seats ranged in price from about $170 to more than $800.

Quote of the day

“We’re going to be physical and consistent. And we’re going to do it until the other team can’t do it anymore.” — Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin to the Seattle Times.

View from Seattle

Danny O’Neil, writing for the Seattle Times, argued that the Seahawks busted three myths about the team with their 24-14 victory at Washington on Sunday. The myths, according to O’Neil, and how Seattle busted them:

1. Seattle is wasting a championship-caliber defense.

O’Neil: “This was the chorus in September after the Seahawks scored fewer than 20 points in four of their first five games. … Seattle’s offense has come a long way since then, its relentless ground game combining with an increasingly aggressive game plan for its effective young quarterback to create an efficient, above-average NFL offense.”

2. Seattle is not built to come back from big deficits.

O’Neil: “This is a logical assumption given the Seahawks’ propensity for running the ball. … But Sunday was the third time this season Seattle found itself down by double digits, and the second consecutive time it came back to win.”

3. The Seahawks can’t win on the road.

O’Neil: “There was a time you could make this argument. That, however, was in November when Seattle had lost five of six games on the road. … . (W)hile it’s easy to make road games seem like this franchise’s bogeyman, it’s not exactly accurate after Seattle won at Chicago on Dec. 2 and beat Buffalo in Toronto two weeks later.”
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90 comments Add your comment

Fair catch Franks

January 9th, 2013
12:59 am

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Fair catch Franks

January 9th, 2013
1:03 am

Thanks for the bulletin board material. I have never seen a number 1 seed this disrespected. I think u have Falcon team that will be very angry.

Michael M.

January 9th, 2013
2:14 am

After the Falcons wipe the blood off their hands Sunday late afternoon, they will be getting respect like they should have many, many weeks ago.

Ryan

January 9th, 2013
2:32 am

The reason they falcons are the least “respected” No. 1 see ever is because their 3 losses were to below .500 teams and because they seemed to catch virtually every other team at the EXACT right time of year to beat them at their weakest (e.g., Denver and Washington early, and NYG, Det., AZ in the second half the year). The FG wins against OAK and CAR are far from impressive.

It is not often you can say the #1 seed is the 4th or 5th best team in the conference like this year. . .

Polk County Falcon

January 9th, 2013
5:25 am

The Falcons need to make a statement in this game with a real beatdown.

Sav FAN

January 9th, 2013
6:36 am

I just want the Falcs to SHOWUP-for this game -from the opening kickoff-do not think this is a gimme

Vinny D

January 9th, 2013
7:15 am

You can bet that the Dome will be LOUD! Atlanta Fans are angry and will show up big Sunday.

Stephen

January 9th, 2013
7:38 am

Are you kidding me guys lets fill up the Dome!

Formul8or

January 9th, 2013
7:45 am

This is misleading. They are all secondary market tickets. People are trying to cash in and if they don’t they’ll show up

Orlando

January 9th, 2013
8:40 am

I’m not getting excited yet, they have fooled me before. If they don’t win, I am not renewing my season tickets…..

Thrash

January 9th, 2013
8:46 am

Mike Smith has to win this game to get off the schneid or change his name to Marty Schottenheimer.

yeahsure

January 9th, 2013
8:47 am

@Ryan

Laughable.

We beat Giants after they put up 50 on the taints. We beat Taints when they were healthy and “ready to make a run”. We beat RG3 when he still had 2 good legs. We beat Eagles after a bye week (1st time ever with Reid). If we beat Peyton Manning at the end of the year, they would say we beat him while he was worn down from the season.

buster_hyman

January 9th, 2013
8:53 am

hmmmm – 9k seats for sale, that’s alot of falcon fans jumping off the bandwagon, I guess i would too with your track record and that nasty blue train bearing down….

yeahsure

January 9th, 2013
8:53 am

Seahags lost to Cardinals, Rams, Lions, Dolphins.

Section 236

January 9th, 2013
8:55 am

“If they don’t win, I am not renewing my season tickets…..”

Way to out yourself as a complete bandwagoner.

nfchampsliveinga

January 9th, 2013
8:57 am

Let the media elite continue to there course, and let the Falcons continue theirs. Just win. As for the schedule, Atlanta was the only NFL team to not have back to back home games, I wonder why? The Falcons have undergone major changes themselves. First the new schemes on offense and defense. Second, changing the Oline scheme from a power blocking one to a Zone blocking one. Third, key season ending injuries to Grimes, Tatupu, Ewing, And Svitec. Fourth, key personnel losses, Les Snead to become Rams GM, and now Caldwell to become the new Jaguars GM. None of this information is quoted by the media elite because its true for one and it shows Falcons are a very good team despite the organization changes. Denver has done the same on the Offensive side of the ball yet we want to give them a pass to get the kinks out, fine with me, my only issue with that is why not give Atlanta the same opportunity. Atlanta is a very good football team! Just keep Rising UP!

Jst Askn

January 9th, 2013
9:01 am

Are 9,000 seats really that significant in a stadium that holds 71,000?!? Rise up!!! :)

law1ng2b

January 9th, 2013
9:11 am

This game is NOT sold out. There are still great seats available on Ticketmaster. This is a playoff game…way to Rise Up Falcons fans. You can’t even sell out a playoff game.

SaukMtnMan

January 9th, 2013
9:12 am

It’s not really a home field advantage if ten percent of the stadium is empty is it? The Redskins just sent its’ record number of 84,000 fans home last weekend with a loss to your next opponent. 62,000 Falcons fans on Sunday? It sounds cozy. This game should already be sold out.

AJC Headline Writer fanning the flames

January 9th, 2013
9:23 am

There are lots of tickets on StubHub for every game:

NE vs Texas – 2,952 tickets available

Green Bay vs. 49ers – 7,207 tickets available

Denver vs. Baltimore – 4,336 tickets available

The tickets are sold. People and scalpers are just making a profit if possible.

SimpleDawg

January 9th, 2013
9:30 am

If looking to buy tickets for the game, closely check the location of the seats. The $60 seats will be in the top rows of the upper deck. My tickets on the 3rd row of the upper deck, aisle seats, sold for $118.00 each last weekend.

Recommended source of sell/purchase: The NFL Ticket Exchange by Ticketmaster. Transactions guaranteed.

Get ‘em Falcons.

Rock Gaines

January 9th, 2013
9:32 am

It’s not a good matchup on paper. The Falcons have two big receivers, the Seahawks have big, physical defensive backs. White and Jones will have to win at least 4 or 5 of those battles each in order to give the passing game a chance. All the Hawks DBs have to do is play White and Jones to a stalemate.

The Falcons offensive line isn’t as strong as the Seahawks’ defensive line, which will cause problems in the running game. They’ll need to find ways to use Seattle’s strength advantage against them.

I think Matt Ryan has the edge over Russell Wilson because he’s mastered calling good audibles. If the Falcon defense can get an effective pass rush, and limit Marshawn Lynch’s yards, they’ll have a shot. The crowd noise won’t be too much of a factor because the Seahawks are used to “The 12th Man” at their home games.

All that being said, the game still has to be played, so we’ll see. Good luck, Falcons.

law1ng2b

January 9th, 2013
9:33 am

Check your facts AJC. There are still plenty of tickets available on Ticketmaster as i just pulled up two together in section 204. The cheapest ticket in the Dome is $65 and people are selling them for $60…that’s not the kind of profit I would want to make. Falcons fans should be embarassed. This game should have been a sell out about 15 minutes after the public on sale.

Post-It

January 9th, 2013
9:39 am

@Rock Gaines
The “12th man” at Seattle’s home games isn’t screaming their heads off when their offense is on the field. We will be. Big difference there – especially for a rookie quarterback who will have trouble making audibles at the line of scrimmage.

Rock Gaines

January 9th, 2013
9:39 am

I think the Falcons’ past playoff record has something to do with 9000 tickets being available. Unfortunately, some fans are not willing to stick with the team through thick and thin – especially in this part of the country. Lots of fair weather fans when it comes to pro sports down here.

Rock Gaines

January 9th, 2013
9:41 am

@Post-It, you got a point. Wilson is a pretty cool customer, though.

Titletown Falcon Fan

January 9th, 2013
9:42 am

I can not understand why the Seahawk DBs are so overrated…..minus the Adderall, they have been pedestrian at best. Granted they are big and physical, but that can be a liability after the 5 yard window. It will come down the how the refs call the extra holding after 5 yards. I hope they do try and press coverage on Roddy and Julio all game.

Post-It

January 9th, 2013
9:48 am

Like others have said, these tickets are all on the secondary market, just like the thousands on Stubhub and Ticketmaster from the other playoff games! People are trying to sell extras to cover the cost of theirs or just trying to cash in. I don’t blame them. The dome will be filled with Falcons fans on Sunday. In fact, I’m guessing there will be fewer Seattle fans at this game than there were Giants fans a couple of weeks ago.

Titletown Falcon Fan

January 9th, 2013
9:49 am

law1ng2b……the point has been made about the ticket sales about 10 times and you still are harping on the fact that you can find some on Ticketmaster. I really appreciate opposing fans making comments about matchups, injuries, and game related comments, but to visit ticket sites and compare prices as an arguing point is just sad. At least you include research in your hating!

Post-It

January 9th, 2013
9:50 am

Wilson is pretty composed for a rookie. Him getting rattled in a dome far from home might be wishful thinking. I don’t have the stats but his numbers weren’t good in domes this year. Let’s hope.

falconfanriseup

January 9th, 2013
9:59 am

This Falcon team is VERY Angry and is going to take it out on the field. I am as a fan very angry how the Falcons are direspected over and over i know that the players are too. The game will be over by halftime Falcons win big 42-10

Nogdolan

January 9th, 2013
10:16 am

Above all else how can there be 9000 tickets available? Atlanta fans you should be ashamed of yourselves and if you are not going to the game then please keep your mouths shut #nottruefans

JerryCobraRam

January 9th, 2013
10:26 am

Micheal Turner needs to rush for more than 100 yards and Tony G. and Harry Douglas need to have a big game receiving on Seattle secondary if these two things happen on offense Falcons gonna win easy. The defense need to play like the played the New York Giants in the Dome this year a shut out would be great. Falcons gonna win Mike Nolan gonna give Russell Wilson a nightmare and we need 11 helments on Marshawn Lynch all night long. Go Falcons!

alpharetta alice

January 9th, 2013
10:36 am

typical Atlanta…can’t sell out playoff game…America’s worst sports town

james

January 9th, 2013
10:40 am

9000 seats?!? That is atrocioius, but not surprising at all. The three Florida teams, and maybe Buffalo and Oakland, may be the only cities worse than Atlanta from a fan support standpoint. Even Texan fans showed up in full force against the Bengals last week – and they lost their #1 seeding and ended up having to play on Wild Card weekend! This is shameful, and I don’t know if it will EVER turn around. And why do we need a new downtown stadium again??? And by the way, I predict the Falcons will lose again this Sunday, but at least I will be in attendance.

Say what

January 9th, 2013
10:45 am

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BrooklynFalc

January 9th, 2013
11:00 am

Time to RISE UP and BEAT DOWN!!

spider

January 9th, 2013
11:05 am

those 9000 people that are thinking about buying those seats should really go support their local h.s. teams or college team, to hell with pro sports.

atlantaALLDAY

January 9th, 2013
11:20 am

all THE NO LIFE CRAP TALKERS I BET YOU NEVER EVEN BEEN TO A GAME B4 GO PLAY IN TRAFFIC SOME WHERE GOOOO FALCONSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Say what

January 9th, 2013
11:24 am

Once again, the fans do a better job of covering the story than the AJC.

No dummy here

January 9th, 2013
11:26 am

In this economy, why not try to make a buck? My seats have a face value of $150, but if I can post them and get $400 a piece they are gone!! I’ll watch it on TV. Go Falcons.

james

January 9th, 2013
11:30 am

Just for grins and giggles, I checked the availability on NFL.com of tickets to the Packers-49′ers game. Just on this site, there were 7,218 tickets available. Who knows how many are on StubHub.com. Granted the Falcons tickets generally came in much cheaper than the Candlestick tickets, but all things considered, maybe we should not get our collective boxers in a bunch about this. Although I do believe Falcon fans ARE in the lower third in the NFL in terms of fan support.

DawgNole

January 9th, 2013
11:30 am

Rock Gaines
January 9th, 2013
9:39 am

I think the Falcons’ past playoff record has something to do with 9000 tickets being available.
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I think the Falcons’ past playoff record has EVERYthing to do with 9000 tickets being available.

inkspot

January 9th, 2013
11:32 am

I blame the national media for the lack of a sell-out. The national media has spun the story of the Falcons irrelevance all season and the public has bought the story hook, line, and sinker. This Falcons team is 13-3. The media has tried to shift the story, saying the schedule was weak or that the Falcons played the good teams when they were down. That’s absurd. 13-3 is the best regular season in the NFL this year. Atlanta won those games, nobody just handed them over. But the media has been successful selling the story of Atlanta’s irrelevance and now the same media blames the team for not selling out. Pure bunk.

Southern Hope

January 9th, 2013
11:33 am

for what’s it’s worth, pretty much every stadium has this same issue with “sold-out” events. There are 5000 tickets on Stubhub right now for the Denver Broncos team….and 3000 tickets for the New England Patriots….so it’s really not uncommon for folks to sell their tickets, make money, and watch the game on TV. In addition, there are no Seahawks fans in this area….so there are no sales in that way either…

A

January 9th, 2013
11:37 am

A good reason to avoid downtown ATL at all costs on Sunday.

Kurtis

January 9th, 2013
11:37 am

The Falcons won at Washington when RG3 was hobbled? Are you crazy? He only ‘hobbled and wobbled’ to the sideline and then to the training room after ‘Spoon and the Falcons laid the smackdown on him.

You haters make me freaking sick. You’d think the Falcons were playing the ‘72 Dolphins with Joe Montana at quarterback instead of the extraordinarily ordinary Seahags.

I can’t wait for the game Sunday so you will all get a heaping helping of some STFU.

Say what

January 9th, 2013
11:53 am

Try to keep up, DawgNole, it’s common for tics to be available.

Doit!

January 9th, 2013
11:53 am

Idiots:

1. The stub hub tickets were sold by the Falcons. It is a SELLOUT Alice Alphretta, James, dummies and douche bags! The 9k tickets are for resale stupid. Not the Falcons fault that scalpers are looking to make a buck.

2. On Seattles “come from behind” victory against Wash: Against a one-legged QB. How impressive!

Dum-Bass

January 9th, 2013
11:55 am

There are some really “stupid” people in ATL, then there are some “smart” ones also. The “smart” ones are letting this be a test game. They are aware of the “Atlanta Syndrome’ and will wait to see what happens with this one. If the Falcons don’t pull a “Braves Choker” then they will turn out full force next game.