It took until the last minute before the 4 p.m. deadline, but the Cincinnati Bengals announced on Thursday that Sunday's game against the New York Jets has sold out.
Last Friday, the team announced that over 3,000 tickets remained for Cincinnati's week eight game against the New York Jets. On Monday, nearly 1,000 tickets had been sold, but over 2,000 remained.
Sunday's game will be the first at Paul Brown Stadium since Cincinnati's dramatic 13-6 win over the New England Patriots on Oct. 6. Since then, the Bengals have won two road games -- in even more dramatic fashion -- returning to Cincinnati with an AFC north leading 5-2 record.
"We have had great home games thus far this season, and our fans have played a real role in our wins with the atmosphere they’ve helped create," said Katie Blackburn, Bengals executive vice-president. "We look forward to another great environment with a full house this Sunday."
The NFL is looking to continue their streak of no games being blacked out this year heading into week eight. Last year, there were 15 games that were blacked out in the local market.
But there have been close calls this season.
The Bills ran a promotion during their week against the Bengals to reduce ticket prices by as much as $15, looking to push over 7,000 tickets. Owner Ralph Wilson Jr. purchased the remaining tickets so that the game would sell out. During the same weekend, the Chargers and Colts narrowly avoided having Monday Night Football blacked out for the first time in nearly 14 years; however, "ESPN and a consortium of sponsors have agreed" to purchase enough tickets to lift the blackout. At one point that week, there were 9,000 unpaid tickets.
Cincinnati went through an 11-game stretch where ten games were blacked out from the middle of 2010 into 2011; they've since ended up selling out in all but two games last year and every game this season. The two games that didn't sell out last season were the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders, the last game that didn't sell out. They've sold out five straight games since, making the Jets this weekend game No. 6.