TiqIQ: Patriots Tickets Down More Than 35% From Last Playoff Game Against Ravens

For the past 18 weeks, the Patriots have comfortably cruised along the desolate highway of the AFC East, thwarting imposters like the Bills and Dolphins and subjecting the CYO-League Jets en route to their sixth consecutive divisional title. The switch behind the steering will be pushed off and the Patriots likely forced back down to earth come Saturday, however, as they ready to welcome the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC Divisional Round Game at Gillette Stadium.

A brewing rivalry has formed between the two teams in recent years. Dating back to the 2010 postseason, the Pats and Ravens have met three times in January and have traded wins in each affair. If trends hold true to Saturday’s matchup, it’s the Patriots who are due to advance and play either Denver or Indianapolis next week. Focus remains on exposing Baltimore’s weak secondary on Saturday at home first, where Patriots tickets on the secondary market are the cheapest for a postseason game between the teams past the Wild Card Round in the last five seasons.

Patriots vs Ravens tickets on TiqIQ now own an average secondary price of $332.82, which is 35.2% cheaper than 2011’s AFC Championship Game’s average of $514.29 and 37.2% cheaper than 2012’s AFC Championship Game’s $530.78 average, both of which were also played in Foxborough. Only the Wild Card Game at the conclusion of the 2009 season was cheaper, where average price for the January 10, 2010 game was $205.25. Get-in price for Saturday’s game is currently listed at $130.

While each team takes one step closer to this year’s Super Bowl festivities in Arizona, the Patriots will have Rob Gronkowski on hand in a playoff game for the first time since 2011’s Super Bowl loss to the Giants. The 25-year-old tight end has played an integral role on New England’s thriving offense this season and has risen to superstardom following a series of arm and leg injuries that sidelined him significantly in 2012 and 2013. He’ll serve as one of the many threats the Patriots will display on the field this weekend, with Tom Brady hoping to rid the naysayers who believe he’s playing in his swan song season.

Baltimore won’t be that easy to get rid of, however. The Ravens struggled in the secondary this season and fishing a disappointing 23rd in the league in pass defense, but the rush defense was elite and ranked 4th in the league. Joe Flacco will look to counter the Patriots with his offensive rush as he gives Justin Forsett the ball, who rushed for 1,266 yards this season and scored eight touchdowns.

With ticket prices at their cheapest since 2010’s Wild Card Game, the Patriots will look to find holes in a streaking Ravens team this Saturday. A win would solidify a spot in the AFC Championship Game, which would be played in New England if the Patriots defeat the Ravens. Expect Brady and Gronkowski to link up and exploit Baltimore’s defensive weakness while Joe Flacco relies on Forsett to take his team to their third AFC Championship Game in the last four seasons.

Bruins Tickets 60% Below Average For Tomorrow’s Game vs Minnesota

The Boston Bruins will host the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night at the TD Garden in an East vs West conference matchup.  It’s already a crossroads in the season for Boston Bruins who have not exactly gotten off to a strong start and are without their captain Zdeno Chara for four to six weeks because of a knee injury.  After a season opening win over the Flyers, the Bruins then dropped three straight. They have bounced back with four wins in their past six games, but still need to play with more consistency as the season wears on.  Boston is coming off an easy win over the Maple Leafs in their last outing as they prepare for their first meeting of the season with the Minnesota Wild.

According to TiqIQ, Bruins tickets for this game have a current average price of $84.46 on the secondary market with a get-in price of $33. That price is 60% below the season average for home games on the Bruins schedule this year. With ticket prices dropping as the game draws nearer, it is currently the only game in Boston with an average price below $100.

The Minnesota Wild have only played six games so far this season but have just allowed six goals and have the league’s best goal differential at plus-13.  After opening the season with back-to-back wins over the Avalanche, the Wild suffered tight back-to-back losses to the Ducks and Kings, respectively. They have since rebounded with dominant wins over the Coyotes and Lightning as the Wild seeks its third straight victory.  Minnesota will now prepare for a two-game road trip, taking on the Rangers Monday night at the Garden and then traveling to the TD Garden to take on the Bruins on Tuesday night.  After six games, it’s hard to see where the Wild stand among the elite in the Western Conference but Minnesota sure looks to have a strong season and go even deeper into the playoffs following early exits in back-to-back seasons at the hands of the Blackhawks.

TiqIQ Patriots Ticket Preview

After starting the season with an alarming loss against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium, the New England Patriots have turned it around in recent weeks and now sit atop the AFC East with a 4-2 record. The team will play their next home game against the struggling Jets this Thursday, who have lost five straight since a Week 1 win against the Raiders. According to TiqIQ, New England Patriots tickets against the Jets will be the cheapest meeting between the two teams since the company started recording ticket prices five years ago. The following two home games on the Patriots schedule will be against the Bears on October 26 and Broncos on November 2 and ticket prices will increase significantly on the secondary market as the team welcomes stronger teams to Gillette Stadium.

10/16 vs New York Jets  |  Avg. Price: $163.72  |  Get-in: $68

The Jets head to Foxborough this Thursday to play the Patriots in what will be the cheapest home game at Gillette Stadium this season. The average price for Patriots vs Jets tickets this week is just $163.72 on the secondary market,  45.6% below the season average of $301.44 at home. The Jets have fallen into obscurity in the AFC East with a 1-5 record and will likely descend further when they play the Patriots, who own first-place honors in the division. The Jets’ poor play has made prices plummet and their stay in Foxborough this week will be greeted with significantly low ticket prices on the secondary market.

10/26 vs Chicago Bears  |  Avg. Price: $376.70  |  Get-in: $186

Following their game against the Jets this Thursday, the Patriots remain at home to play the Bears on October 26. Ticket prices will return to normalcy when the Bears visit, with average secondary price of Pats vs Bears tickets currently listed at $376.70 for the Week 8 game. The get-in price of $186 is more expensive than the average for Thursday night’s Jets game. The Bears last visited Gillette Stadium in the regular season in 2006, eliciting a high premium to see a rare game against Chicago in New England. The game will be the second most expensive on the remaining Patriots schedule at home this season, trailing just a visit from the Broncos the following week as the top-priced game this year.

11/2 vs Denver Broncos  |  Avg. Price: $561.93  |  Get-in: $205

As in all stadiums across the league, Peyton Manning will again catalyze a large premium on the secondary market for his visit to Gillette Stadium on November 2. The average price for Patriots vs Broncos tickets to the Week 9 game is currently $561.93 on the secondary market, one of the most expensive games in the NFL this season. The get-in price starts at $205. The Broncos also traveled to New England in Week 12 of last year but received their second loss of the season in a 34-31 loss. The teams would meet again in the Conference Championship and the Broncos would ultimately eliminate the Patriots en route to their Super Bowl XLVIII appearance. Week 9’s matchup will see AFC Champion Game-like ticket prices as Peyton Manning and company returns for what at this point could be one of, if not the, last Manning-Brady matchups.