NFL playoff games sell out, setting up a cold weekend for fans

6:37 PM, Jan 3, 2014   |    comments
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Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to pass in the snow against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 22, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

(WXIA) -- With only a few hours to go before a Friday afternoon deadline, tickets for this weekend's NFL wild card playoff games in Cincinnati, Green Bay and Indianapolis have sold out, avoiding a playoff television blackout for the games.

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As of Friday morning, ticket sales were not enough to guarantee that the playoff games would sell out.

Corporate sponsors in all three cities bought up the remaining tickets, which ensured that all three games would be televised in their local markets. The fourth game this weekend, in Philadelphia, had previously sold out.

Saturday's games -- featuring the Kansas City Chiefs at the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints at the Philadelphia Eagles -- will be televised on NBC and 11Alive, at 4:30 and 8 p.m., respectively.

The remaining two games -- with the San Diego Chargers taking on the Cincinnati Bengals and the San Francisco 49ers at the Green Bay Packers -- will be played on Sunday afternoon. 

Weather will be a factor in three of the four playoff games (Philadelphia, Cincinnati & Green Bay), with frigid weather covering much of the eastern half of the nation.

According to 11Alive Chief Meteorologist Mike Francis, the temperature at kickoff of Sunday afternoon's San Francisco-Green Bay game is expected to be -8. That temperature would place it among the coldest games in NFL history.

The coldest game ever played was the so-called "Ice Bowl" -- the 1967 NFL Championship, which was also played in Green Bay, had the Packers defeating the Dallas Cowboys. The temperature during that record-setting game was -13 with a wind chill of -48.

The second-coldest mark was the AFC Championship Game in January 1982, in a game that mirrored one of this weekend's wild-card matchups, featuring the Chargers and Bengals in Cincinnati. The temperature in that game was -9, and wind chills were as low as -59.

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