|One of few loyal fans in Cincy these days. (Getty Images)|
It took a buy-one-get-one-free tickets deal to make it happen, but the Bengals have sold out their Week 17 matchup against Baltimore, the team announced on Wednesday.
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This will make just the second home game this season that will be televised locally.
"Our fans have made a tremendous response this week to our sales efforts, and we thank the entire community for its support of the Bengals," Bengals Executive VP Katie Blackburn said in a statement released by the team. "We’re pleased that the game will be on television for everyone, and we look forward to the fans at Paul Brown Stadium giving us a great home field advantage for a very important game against Baltimore."
The Bengals have a win-and-in situation against the Ravens on Sunday; beating their AFC North rival guarantees them a wild-card berth in the playoffs.
That, coupled with the young nucleus of talent in Cincinnati and a winning record this season, is what makes the lack of tickets sold in Cincinnati so surprising.
Our own Gregg Doyel believes it's not the team, it's owner Mike Brown. Doyel might be onto something -- there's one constant with the Bengals over the course of many losing seasons, and that's Brown.
But on Sunday, at least, the fans will get a chance to see something quite rare in the Brown era: the Bengals clinching a playoff spot.
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