In case you haven’t heard, this game is pretty huge.
Playoff seedings, divisional crowns, all of that jazz. Make no mistake about it: this one’s important.
The Ravens are fighting for the AFC North crown and a first-round bye. The Bengals are fighting for the final playoff spot. Now, even if the Bengals lose they can still make it to the playoffs, while the Ravens are already guaranteed a spot, but neither team wants to go stumbling into the postseason.
And with the hype of this Sunday’s game comes the announcement that for just the second time this season, the Bengals will have a sold out crowd come game time. According to the Associated Press, the final regular season game will be a sellout, lifting the blackout restrictions for fans in Cincinnati.
A week ago against the Cardinals, the Bengals managed to sell just 41,273 tickets, far from full capacity. That’s not the case this weekend, however, as only a few club seats and scattered single seats remain. Season ticket holders were seduced with two-for-one offers, which helped boost sales. Whatever the methods, it worked, and the Bengals will get to play a home game in front of a sellout crowd for only the second time this season.
A victory would clinch an NFL wild-card playoff spot for the Bengals (9-6). The Ravens (11-4) are trying to wrap up the AFC North title and earn a first-round bye with a victory. The Bengals would need help in other games Sunday to reach the playoffs if they lose.