When the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots meet at Lambeau Field on Sunday, it could be a preview of the last Sunday of the football season. After rough starts for both teams, the Packers and Patriots have both made claims to be considered the best team in football after 12 weeks. The two will play in Week 13 for above average ticket prices on the secondary market.
According to Razorgator, the average price for Packers vs. Patriots tickets is $242, 16% above the season average for Packers tickets this year. It's the most expensive game of the NFL's weekend slate, but is just the third most expensive game on the Packers schedule this season.
The price for the game may not matter as much as the play on the field for the two teams as playoff positioning is at stake. The Patriots are the No. 1 seed in the AFC and lead the Denver Broncos by a game and a head-to-head tiebreaker for home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Packers will enter Sunday a half game out of a first round bye in the NFC due to Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day win against the Dallas Cowboys. But with a win against the Patriots, the Packers would move back to the No, 2 seed in part because of their blowout win against Philadelphia in Week 11.
This will also be the first game in which Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady face each other as starting quarterbacks. The two briefly appeared in the same game during a 2006 contest in Green Bay. En route to a 35-0 Patriots victory, Rodgers replaced then-starter Brett Favre late in the second quarter. In the game, Rodgers would throw 12 of his 15 total pass attempts in his second season in the league. The two teams met again in the 2010 season at Gillette Stadium, but Rodgers missed the game with a concussion. It was the lone game Rodgers missed in a season that ended with a Packers Super Bowl victory. Backup Matt Flynn started the game against New England, one the Packers would lose closely, 31-27.
New England has won seven games in a row. The last time they lost was nine weeks ago, a 41-14 blowout at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs. Both the Patriots and Packers have unleashed high-scoring offenses, which could make Sunday's game a shootout. Even if there won't be Super Bowl level prices at Lambeau Field, this game could be a Super Bowl preview.