The Cincinnati Bengals will almost certainly be in the playoffs this year, and the team is getting set for it by making playoff tickets available to the public.
The team announced on Thursday that tickets to the first of two possible Bengals home playoff games will go on-sale to the public Saturday December 19th at 9 a.m. EST. All sales will be handled by Ticketmaster, and for online purchases, you can visit Bengals.com/tickets.
The team also announced that beginning Monday December 21st at 9 a.m. EST, fans can also begin purchasing tickets in person at Paul Brown Stadium's ticket office, which is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST. Fans can also buy tickets by calling the Bengals Ticket Hotline at 866-621-8383.
At this time, tickets will be available only for the potential first home game of the playoffs, which could be either a Wild Card round or a Divisional round game. Tickets will be sold at the Divisional round price; and should the Bengals host a Wild Card game rather than a Divisional game, a refund for the difference will be automatically credited to the card used for payment after the game has been played.
If the Bengals end up not playing in either a Wild Card or Divisional round game at home, the entire payment will be automatically credited back to the card used for payment.
Here is a look at what the prices look like for playoff games at PBS, per Bengals.com:
A Wild Card round game would be played either Jan. 9 or 10. A Divisional round game would be played either Jan. 16 or 17.
Going into Week 15, the Bengals hold a two-game lead in the AFC North with three games remaining. At this point, one more Cincinnati win should be enough to clinch the division and ensure the Bengals are playing at least one home game in the postseason. However, with the Pittsburgh Steelers lurking at 8-5, it's not out of the question that the Bengals end up on the road in the playoffs.
If the Bengals do hold on and win the division, it would be the fourth time they've done so since 2005 and the second time in three years. It would also mark the fifth-straight season the Bengals have made it to the postseason, which is the longest streak in franchise history.
If/when the Bengals do make it to the playoffs, they'll be looking to end a win-less drought that's seen Cincinnati not win a postseason game since the 1991 postseason. It's the longest drought of any NFL team, but it's one this team looks poised to break.