Bengals: AFC Wild Card game sells out

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Sunday's AFC Wild Card Game at Paul Brown Stadium is officially a sellout.

The Cincinnati Bengals tweeted the news around 3:00 p.m. on Friday, just one hour before the official NFL blackout deadline.

A company purchase by Tide, Gillette, CoverGirl and Bounty enables the game to be sold out, and therefore broadcast locally to fans wanting to watch the game on television at 1:05.

The tickets will be added to the complimentary tickets Kroger is giving away this weekend to local military families who can attend the game and cheer on the Bengals.

Customers need to show their military identification for two free tickets to Sunday's game while supplies last.

The distribution will take place on Saturday at the following Kroger store locations:

  • 4-6 p.m., 4100 Hunt Road, Blue Ash.
  • 10 a.m.-noon, 262 Main St., Amelia
  • noon-2 p.m. Yankee Road, Liberty Township
  • 10 a.m.-noon, 130 Pavilion Parkway, Newport
  • 1-3 p.m., 5830 Harrison Ave., Dent

Dayton area: 

  • 10 a.m.-noon, 10101 Landing Way, Miamisburg
  • noon-2 p.m. 885 Union Blvd, Englewood

The Bengals said they have received support from other local businesses including Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati Insurance Co., Cintas, United Dairy Farmers, Liberty Mutual/Safeco, Scripps and Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse who have helped provide tickets to military families through the Armed Forces Ticket Association.

The Bengals on Thursday received an extension from the NFL. The previous deadline was 1 p.m. Thursday.

The Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers also announced that their wildcard games have sold out. Typically, NFL teams must sell all tickets 72 hours before kickoff to have a game broadcast in their local market. The NFL gave the Colts, Bengals and Packers an extra day to sell out their stadiums..

The last NFL playoff game that was blacked out in a local market was a January 2002 AFC Wild Card Game at Miami when the Dolphins lost to the Ravens, according to Deadspin.

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