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Patriots-Broncos AFC Championship Tickets Are Most Expensive In Four Years

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It may seem like an annual occurrence, but it has actually been eight years since Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have done battle in the AFC Championship Game. With so much history on the line in addition to the consequences of the game itself, it is no surprise that AFC Championship tickets are selling for more than any other ticket in the NFL so far this season. They have also risen substantially since the Brady-Manning matchup was set. Tickets for the Patriots-Broncos showdown are now listing at an average of $798.63 on the secondary market, representing an 8.3% premium over NFC Championship tickets. And while NFC Championship tickets are likely to decline in price given that there is a supply of nearly 18,600 listed for sale, the same may not be the case for AFC Championship tickets as there are only about 4,700 on the market as of Monday morning. The average sale price thus far amongst the early birds to scoop up tickets checks in at $579.22, so most fans are indeed looking for bargain seats at the moment. Currently, the least expensive ticket on the market is available for $365 dollars. The most expensive ticket available is a 30-yardline first row seat in Section 107, certainly a prime location to take in the game. This cream of the crop ticket is listed for a whopping $3,800 dollars.

The two legendary signal callers will meet for the third time with a Super Bowl appearance on the line next Sunday at Sports Authority Field At Mile High in Denver, Colorado. Although the playoff series between Brady and Manning is 2-1 in favor of Brady, they are tied at one win apiece in AFC Championship games. It is always an event when these two quarterbacks meet, but that goes tenfold when they meet in the playoffs. Every time Brady and Manning have faced off in the playoffs, the winner has gone on to win the Super Bowl. Of course, Brady has made the Super Bowl five times in total while Manning has only appeared twice. By now everyone is familiar with the narrative. Although Manning has slightly superior regular season statistics, Brady wins in the playoffs and Manning fails to raise his game when it matters most. For Manning, next Sunday represents a chance to rewrite his legacy as a postseason quarterback. For Brady, it represents a chance to affirm his status as the best postseason quarterback of all time.

In addition to being the most expensive ticket of the year, next Sunday’s AFC Championship game is actually on pace to be the most expensive AFC Championship of the past five years, according to TiqIQ. While Manning and Brady have appeared in (and hosted) four of the five AFC Championship games for which TiqIQ has pricing data, this is the first time they have faced each other while TiqIQ has been tracking the market. Naturally, the quality of matchup and narrative surrounding this year’s game far surpasses that of previous seasons.

In 2010, Manning’s Colts hosted a surprising Jets team in the AFC Championship. Tickets for that game rang in at an average of just $342.90, well below that of subsequent years. For the past two seasons, Brady’s Patriots have played host to the Baltimore Ravens. In 2012, tickets for the matchup averaged $514.29 with a get-in price of $184. For the rematch in 2013, tickets averaged $530.78 with a get-in of $199. Interestingly enough, the 2011 AFC Championship game between the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers out-priced the Brady and Manning games at an average of $532.94 with a $248 get-in. But with Brady and Manning going up against each other this time around, it looks like that high watermark AFC Championship game ticket price is just one more record meant for these two legends to break.

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