For the second straight season the Baltimore Ravens head to Foxborough to take on Tom Brady and his high-flying New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. Baltimore will look to put the ugly memories of Lee Evans’ dropped pass and Billy Cundiff’s missed field goal behind them. And while the Ravens come in a 8-point underdog the Pats are by no means a lock to win this one. Baltimore has upgraded the kicker position with impressive rookie Justin Tucker, and their once slipping defense has regained its form late in the season.
Ticket prices for this AFC title game are currently averaging $483/seat, with a get-in price of $250. With the history between the two teams and all the emotion packed into this game, it’s no surprise that it’s the more expensive of the two Conference Championship games this week.
Despite prices dropping 21% in the last two weeks, this game is still 24% more expensive than last year’s AFC title matchup. On top of that, Pats fans will have to pay a major premium for this game, 103% pricier than the regular season average for New England Patriots tickets , and 73% higher than last week’s game vs Houston. For you Ravens fans, tickets for this one are 223% higher than the average price for Baltimore Ravens tickets on the road this season, and 93% more than last week’s win in Denver over Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
The heart and raw emotion is forced into this one via Ray Lewis and a Ravens team that once again believes it is their destiny to reach and win the Super Bowl. I find it hard to go against the Ravens after picking them last week, but it’s also difficult to bet against Tom Brady at home. Call it the classic toss-up. Either way, this game is likely to live up to the expectations stemming last year’s exciting title game battle, it not actually exceeding them.
If you want to look ahead, Tickets to the Super Bowl are currently averaging $3098 per seat, with a get-in price of $1976.