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Super Bowl Contenders Suggested by NFL Ticket Price Increase

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Change in Ticket Prices Suggest Which NFL Teams Will Compete for Super Bowl

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The 2013 NFL season starts in two weeks and every team has a shot at the ultimate prize. However, based on the change in average ticket prices on the secondary market between 2012 and 2013, the ticket market has already weighed in on who it thinks is most likely to get to the postseason and beyond. At TiqIQ, we’ve compiled over three years of data for NFL teams and put together the below list of biggest price increases between pre-season tickets last year and today.

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#5 Washington Redskins: +23.92%

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The resurgence in the Redskins' optimism suffered a blow last year when star quarterback Robert Griffin III went down with a torn knee ligament in his team’s playoff loss to the Seahawks. While there’s still question of when he’ll start participating in team drills, the consensus is that he’ll make a full recovery. Skins fans have suffered through a generation of futility, and the possibility of back-to-back NFC East championships has the Hogettes dancing a happy jig. It also means that the cheapest game has an average price north of $150. While that game, against the Chiefs, has tickets as low as $26, there are a handful of marquee matchups for which you won’t be able to get in for less than $75. As always, the Cowboys' annual visit to FedEx Field is the most expensive game for Redskins tickets on the schedule, with an average price of $347.

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#4 Indianapolis Colts: +48.92%

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While they didn’t quite go from worst to first, the 2012 Colts were the definition of a turnaround season. At 11-5, the Andrew Luck experience helped make the memory of Peyton Manning less painful over the offseason. Despite losing in the Wild Card round to the eventual Super Bowl champion Ravens, Colts fans have a renewed sense of optimism in 2013 and expectations for a playoff win. Before they get there, however, they’ll have an opportunity to exorcise or pay homage to Peyton when he visits Lucas Oil Stadium for a Sunday Night Football showdown on October 20th. At an average price of $472, the cheapest Colts tickets to see Manning’s return are $192. This is a full $150 more than the get-in price for any other Colts home game this season. The next most expensive is against the Texans on December 15th. The average price for that game is $195, or $3 more than the cheapest ticket for Manning’s return.

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#3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +53.14%

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Despite a 7-9 record in 2012, the Buccaneers entertained their hometown fans at Raymond James Stadium by setting franchise records for yards (5,820) and total points (389). The defense also ranked #1 in the league against the rush giving up a stingy 82.8 yards a game. With the additional for Darrelle Revis, who many believe is the league's best cornerback, the Bucs' pass defense should rank amongst the best in the NFL. If the Bucs can make it all meld under second-year coach Greg Schiano, it would be their first playoff berth since 2007. At an average price of $218, the most expensive Buccaneers tickets are for the November 17th matchup against their divisional rivals, the Falcons. This is the first Bucs game in three years with an average price over $200, and if the division is close, prices could rise as the game gets closer. In addition to renewed energy at the stadium, ironically, the increased demand could also make watching at home an option. Over the last three seasons, 19 home games have been blacked out in the local market. According to team co-chairman Bryan Glazer, ticket sales this year have been better and there will be more games on TV than last year.

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#2 Seattle Seahawks: +54.08%

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The 2012 Seahawks came within two points of the NFC Championship in a classic divisional playoff game against the Falcons. At their home stadium of CenturyLink Field, they also went undefeated for the third time in franchise history. It’s no surprise then that their fan base, known as the 12th man, has driven up prices significantly for the 2013 season. With clutch performances all year and top-10 statistics in all major passing categories, quarterback Russell Wilson will only get better. Along with “The Beast”, Marshawn Lynch, Seattle fans feel like this could be a breakthrough season. The most expensive Seahawks tickets are for the September 15th visit from the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers. At an average price of $548, the game is the most expensive Seahawks home game in three years.

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#1 San Francisco 49ers: +67.29%

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In 2011, the 49ers made it to the NFC championship. A year later, they came within seven yards of winning their first Super Bowl since 1994. This year, there is only one more step to take. Based on the increase in the average price for 49ers tickets, fans are expecting the final season at Candlestick Park to be a memorable one. With the addition of Super Bowl champ Anquan Boldin at wide receiver and elite cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, the 49ers not only lead the league in the highest price increase, but they’re also odds-maker favorites to win the Super Bowl, at 6-1.

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