The Green Bay Packers went from almost going undefeated in 2011 to starting off 2012 1-2. Needless to say, the allure of all of that potential perfection faded quickly, and reality sunk in.
After winning the Super Bowl in 2012, the Packers have now been one and done in the playoffs the past two seasons, as well, and now it’s blatantly clear: the rest of the NFL has caught up with the green and gold. It’s not anywhere close to the point where the Packers aren’t that good anymore, but the road back to the Super Bowl is just that much more difficult. And with the NFC North getting better, too, Green Bay has it about as hard as anyone in the NFL these days.
We know their home games sell out every year, but TiqIQ is preparing for the 2013 NFL season with divisional ticket breakdowns. Here’s what we’re finding for the Packers tickets this year against their divisional, both at Lambeau and on the road:
Home Divisional Games
(10/6) vs. Detroit Lions | Avg: $309 | Get-in: $174
Matthew Stafford, Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson and the Lions come into town to get their first win in Lambeau in forever, but we all know that just isn’t happening. Even so, this is still likely to be a hard fought game, and at just 8% above the home game average of $285, it’ll be worth it.
(11/4) vs. Chicago Bears | Avg: $349 | Get-in: $174
Brian Urlacher is retired and Lovie Smith is no longer head coach, but the Bears still bring history to this storied rivalry. It somehow intensifies every time it takes places on the frozen tundra, too, and there’s no doubt Aaron Rodgers and co. will be bringing their A game in their most expensive home division game of the year, which happens to be a whopping 22% above their home average.
(11/24) vs. Minnesota Vikings | Avg: $285 | Get-in: $152
Adrian Peterson and the Purple People Eaters somehow rank last, even though both meetings were barn burners last year – specifically the week 17 season finale. These two teams even met in the playoffs last year, further adding to the allure of this matchup, which is actually the exact same price as Green Bay’s home average.
Road Divisional Games
(10/27) @ Minnesota Vikings | Avg: $218 | Get-in: $79
The Packers meet the Vikings for the first time in 2013 and this one is much cheaper in Minnesota than it is in Green Bay. Fans get a reasonable get-in bargain at just $79, too.
(11/28) @ Detroit Lions | Avg: $208 | Get-in: $61
The Lions don’t usually win in Green Bay (or ever), but they have stolen a few games in Detroit over the years. Even with this one being on the Lions’ home turf, it’s still a cheap get at just $208, with a beyond reasonable get-in price of just $61. Packers and Lions fans get a repeat of their previous October meeting, but for $100 less on average.
(12/29) @ Chicago Bears | Avg: $481 | Get-in: $163
You thought this was a pricey game in Lambeau. The Packers coming into town is a huge draw for Bears fans and comes in at an incredible $481 on average. This is sure to be an epic showdown as it’s even more magnified with it being so late in the season.