Bengals blackout lifted
JAN 03, 2014 3:35p ET
CINCINNATI -- The Bengals announced Sunday's playoff game against San Diego has been declared a sellout and will not be blacked out in the local TV markets of Cincinnati, Dayton and Lexington, Ky.
The Bengals had received an extension from the league to its 72-hour blackout rule on Thursday. The league also granted extensions to Green Bay and Indianapolis for their games this weekend. Both franchises also announced sellouts on Friday.
Cincinnati-based Proctor & Gamble purchased the remaining available tickets Friday afternoon and will add them to tickets purchased in the morning by Kroger's that will be distributed to military families.
This is the first home playoff game for the Bengals since 2009.
On Wednesday, several local businesses, including Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati Insurance Company, Cintas, United Dairy Farmers, Liberty Mutual/Safeco, WCPO/Scripps and Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, bought tickets and are also providing them to military families through the Armed Forces Ticket Association.
The Bengals went 8-0 at home this season. Only New England and New Orleans also went undefeated in their home schedules.
"There's only a small number of teams that do this and, obviously, hats off to the fans just knowing that they can give us that extra push and benefit," said center Kyle Cook. "Not a lot of teams can say that. Our fans have been great all year."