Even without Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles playoff return is a hot ticket
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PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz changed the Philadelphia Eagles’ fortunes and widespread perceptions of the team. So did his season-ending ACL tear last month.
With the MVP candidate quarterback sidelined, fans and analysts tempered expectations entering Saturday’s NFC divisional round game against the Falcons. The Eagles’ return to the playoffs for the first time in four years has jolted the city, but Wentz’s absence looms over each conversation about the team, dampening the hope and the energy of a prideful group of supporters.
Philadelphia is the first No. 1 seed to open as an underdog against a No. 6 seed. Pundits are questioning the sturdiness of quarterback Nick Foles. And even the most passionate diehard would admit the team faces a steeper uphill battle without Wentz on crutches inside of in pads.
Yet one factor of Eagles fandom thing hasn’t waned: Data shows Philadelphians are clamoring squeeze into Lincoln Financial Field to watch the Birds.
Tickets for the Eagles’ home game against the Falcons on Saturday are selling at an average of $320 on the resale market, according to data provided by SeatGeek. That’s the second-highest total of the four divisional round games, trailing only the Titans-Patriots contest.
- Titans at Patriots 1/13/18: $325 avg. resale price
- Falcons at Eagles 1/13/18: $320
- Saints at Vikings 1/14/18: $301
- Jaguars at Steelers 1/14/18: $232
Patriots games at Gillette Stadium have been the NFL’s most coveted ticket all year, according to SeatGeek’s data, so it’s not surprising resale prices are sky-high in New England. But the demand in Philadelphia isn’t far behind.
If it holds through gameday, that $320 number would mark the second highest average resale ticket price at Lincoln Financial Field for any game in the SeatGeek database, which goes back to 2011, according to Nate Rattner, a content analyst for the site. Here’s the list of the Eagles home games since 2011 that have generated the most demand on the resale market.
- Cowboys at Eagles 9/20/15: $333 avg. resale price
- Falcons at Eagles 1/13/18: $320
- Giants at Eagles 9/24/17: $301
- Steelers at Eagles 9/25/16: $292
- Broncos at Eagles 11/5/17: $261
The cheapest available ticket to Saturday’s game, Rattner said, costs $190.
Demand for Eagles tickets Saturday remained steady after the Falcons beat the Rams on Saturday to secure a trip to Philadelphia. And this year’s playoff game has generated higher resale ticket prices than Philly’s last postseason appearance.
Tickets for a Jan. 4, 2014 wildcard round loss to the Saints cost an average of $240 on the resale market, according to SeatGeek.
While Eagles tickets are consistent sellers, Rattner pointed out one metric that might quantify the effect of Wentz’s injury. SeatGeek tracks the percentage of customers searching for Super Bowl tickets from each major metropolitan market, and after shoppers in Philadelphia spiked in October (when the Eagles surged to the top of the NFC standings), things changed after Wentz’s injury.
The percentage of Super Bowl customers from Philadelphia has remained low since Wentz tore his ACL Dec. 10.
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Of course, like Wentz’s arrival into and departure out of the lineup, a victory over the Falcons on Saturday would alter so much surrounding the Eagles — resale ticket prices and Super Bowl expectations included.