Thousands of Packers tickets still available, TV blackout a possibility

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- It seems unthinkable that Lambeau Field wouldn't sell out for a Packers playoff game. Yet thousands of tickets are still available for Sunday's wild-card game against the 49ers.

A Press-Gazette Media report says about 11,000 tickets were still available as of Tuesday afternoon.

According to NFL rules, the game has to sell out by Thursday at 3:40 p.m. to avoid a blackout in the local TV market. That's 72 hours before kickoff. However, the league has given extensions in previous years for playoff games, and it's monitoring the Packers' progress.

Part of the reason tickets are available is that an early deadline for season-ticket holders to reserve tickets arrived when the team was mired in a five-game winless streak.

In addition, temperatures are expected to be frigid Sunday.