FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – For the ninth time since Gillette Stadium opened a decade ago, the Patriots will host a home playoff game on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 4:30 p.m. Individual tickets for the AFC Divisional Playoff Game will go on sale Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. exclusively through Ticketmaster.
Hosting home playoff games used to be a rarity for the Patriots and their fans. In the first 34 years of the franchise's history, the Patriots hosted just one playoff game – a loss to the Houston Oilers in 1978. Since Robert Kraft bought the team in 1994, the Patriots have qualified for the playoffs 14 times, including 12 times as division champions. With a 12-4 regular season record in 2012, the Patriots claimed their fourth consecutive division title and enter this year's playoffs as the second seed in the conference. It is the fourth time in franchise history that the team has earned the second seed. They advanced to the Super Bowl on three of those occasions. Historically, that home-field advantage has helped propel the Patriots through the playoffs, as they have won an NFL-best 13 of the last 15 home playoff games.
After fulfilling orders for Patriots Season Ticket Holders and Patriots Wait List members this week, the remaining tickets will be placed on sale to the public on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. exclusively through Ticketmaster.
All Patriots playoff ticket orders will be processed through Ticketmaster. Playoff tickets will NOT be sold at the Gillette Stadium Ticket Office. Ticket orders can be processed one of two ways, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone by calling 800-745-3000 only. Visa, a proud sponsor of the National Football League and the New England Patriots, will be the only accepted form of payment.
Details for Friday's public sale are listed below:
Sale Date: Monday, January 7, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m. ET
Where: Ticketmaster Phone Center or on-line at www.ticketmaster.com only
Payment: Visa debit or credit card only
Limits: Tickets are very limited, with mostly single seats available. There will be a 4 ticket limit per person. Single tickets are available in each price category.
Pricing: Playoff pricing is set by the NFL. The individual ticket prices for the AFC Divisional Playoff Games range from $220 (100 Level Sideline) to $100 (300 Level)
The dates and times for the upcoming NFL playoff games are listed below:
WILD CARD AND PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Saturday, January 5, 2013
4:30 pm – AFC Wild Card Playoff – Cincinnati at Houston (NBC)
8:00 pm – NFC Wild Card Playoff – Minnesota at Green Bay (NBC)
Sunday, January 6, 2013
1:00 pm – AFC Wild Card Playoff – Indianapolis at Baltimore (CBS)
4:30 pm –NFC Wild Card Playoff – Seattle at Washington (FOX)
NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Saturday, January 12, 2013
4:30 p.m. – AFC Divisional Playoff – Baltimore/Indianapolis/Cincinnati at Denver (CBS)
8:00 p.m. – NFC Divisional Playoff – Green Bay/Washington/Seattle at San Francisco (FOX)
Sunday, January 13, 2013
1:00 p.m. – NFC Divisional Playoff – Washington/Seattle/Minnesota at Atlanta (FOX)
4:30 p.m. – AFC Divisional Playoff – Houston/Baltimore/Indianapolis at New England (CBS)
In the Divisional Playoffs, the division champion with the best record in each conference will host the lowest seeded Wild Card survivor. Once teams are seeded for the playoffs, positions do not change:
American Football Conference
1. Denver (13-3, AFC West champion)
2. New England (12-4, AFC East champion)
3. Houston (12-4, AFC South champion)
4. Baltimore (10-6, AFC North champion)
5. Indianapolis (11-5)
6. Cincinnati (10-6)
National Football Conference
1. Atlanta (13-3, NFC South champion)
2. San Francisco (11-4-1, NFC West champion)
3. Green Bay (11-5, NFC North champion)
4. Washington/Dallas (9-6/8-7) (NFC East champion)
5. Seattle (11-5)
6. Minnesota (10-6)
The AFC (CBS, 6:30 PM ET) and NFC (FOX, 3:00 PM ET) Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 20.
The 2013 Pro Bowl (NBC, 7:00 PM ET) will be played on Sunday, January 27 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, one week before Super Bowl XLVII takes place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, February 3 (CBS, 6:30 PM ET).