Tickets for Packers’ playoff game sell out, TV blackout avoided

The projected temperature for Sunday in Green Bay is a high of minus-5 degrees and a low of minus-20 degrees.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — It required an extension from the NFL and some assistance from corporate partners, but tickets for Sunday’s wild card playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers are now sold out.

The original Thursday afternoon deadline passed with 3,000 tickets still available and the possibility of a local television blackout looming. With a new Friday afternoon deadline, the Packers sold the remaining tickets with four hours to spare.

It took a commitment from Associated Bank, Mills Fleet Farm and Bellin Health, as well as the FOX television stations that would have been affected by the blackout in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Wausau, to ensure that the game would not be blacked out.

"We’re very thankful to Packers fans, and our partners led by Associated Bank, for ensuring Sunday’s game will be sold out," Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement. "A unique season and other factors contributed to having tickets available, but with the support of our fans and partners, we’re looking forward to a great atmosphere Sunday at Lambeau Field for the playoff game against the 49ers. We also know fans around the state will be able to enjoy the telecast."

Certainly part of the reason for the struggle to sell tickets is the projected weather for Sunday in Green Bay, with a high of minus-5 degrees and a low of minus-20 degrees. It could end up being one of the coldest games in franchise history.

The famous "Ice Bowl" between the Packers and Cowboys on Dec. 31, 1967 was minus-13 degrees and minus-48 with the wind chill factored in.

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