The scene is all too familiar for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Just three years ago, the Seahawks became the first team in NFL history to make the playoffs with a 7-9 record via winning a dismal NFC West. Written off against the defending Super Bowl champs, they proceeded to ride the 12th man to victory over the Saints at then-named Qwest Field in the Wildcard round. Drew Brees and crew look for revenge this week, but they know that a win will be even harder to come by against a Seahawks team that has taken great steps forward since the last time they met in the playoffs.
Seahawks playoff tickets for this weekend’s showdown with the Saints are the second most expensive of the weekend, with an average price of $330 dollars. However, this price reflects a 41% decline during the past week, and is actually $5 beneath the Seahawks regular season home average. For fans on a budget, tickets to get in to CenturyLink Field are currently selling for as little as $122 on the secondary market. This is a cheaper get-in price than many Seahawks home games this year. It’s entirely possible that Seahawks fans are looking ahead as comfortable 8 point favorites, given that NFC Championship game tickets are currently averaging $715, 117% above this week’s average price.
The New Orleans Saints had a crack at the Seahawks earlier this year, but were ultimately unsuccessful. Joining the ranks of six other teams, the Saints fell victim to 12th man this year in ugly fashion. Despite passing for 5,000 yards for the third consecutive season, Brees was held to just 147 yards as the Seahawks destroyed the Saints 34-7 during Week 13.
Ticket prices for that game averaged $562 dollars, making it one of the highest priced regular season games of the year. In comparison, the average price for NFL playoff tickets for this weekend’s Seahawks-Saints match-up are selling at a 41% discount. However, fans are still paying a 119% premium over the average price when these two teams met in the playoffs back in 2011. But this time around, it is the Seahawks who enter the game with the pressure of being a heavy favorite with everything to prove.
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