January 05, 2016 - Jesse Lawrence
Bengals Vs Steelers Wild Card Tickets Now Averaging Over $200 On Secondary Market
Call it luck or the stars aligning just right, but the Pittsburgh Steelers will play on in January. The odds were stacked against the Black and Gold entering Week 17, but a win over the Cleveland Browns and help from the bumbling New York Jets allowed them to punch their ticket to the AFC Wild Card game this Saturday. They’ll face the Andy Dalton-less Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium, and ticket prices are increasing on the secondary market. According to TiqIQ the average price for AFC Wild Card Bengals vs Steelers tickets is currently $207.37, which is 9% higher than Monday’s average of $190.27. It is now the third Wild Card game this weekend to eclipse the $200 average on the secondary market. Only Sunday’s Vikings-Seahawks game falls below that number at an average price of $132.05. The cheapest ticket price is also climbing in the days leading up to kickoff. The get-in price for Saturday’s game is now $108, up 17.4% from Monday’s price of $92. Vikings vs Seahawks tickets are the cheapest among all Wild Card games at a starting price of $59. If still making plans to attend Saturday’s showdown in Cincinnati, Hipmunk.com offers the best rates on both flight and hotel arrangements. While flights can be booked from anywhere in the country Cincinnati hotels on Hipmunk.com start from just $55 each night this weekend. The Bengals and Steelers last met in Cincinnati during Week 14, where the Steelers claimed a decisive 33-20 victory on the road. That game would prove costly to the Bengals in more ways than one after losing Dalton to a fractured thumb. Tickets for the Week 14 matchup averaged $170.91 on the secondary market, making this weekend’s game 21.3% more expensive. The cheapest ticket available during that game was $65. Dalton has yet to return to the field and will again sit during Saturday’s game. Backup A.J. McCarron has held his own, however, guiding the team to a 2-1 record over his three starts this season. He’ll get the nod in his first playoff start this weekend against a Steelers defense ranked #21 in the league with 363.1yards allowed per game.