While the NFL playoffs is always reason for excitement amongst fans, for this weekend's wild cards weekend, Texans fans are most excited of all. To calculate excitement, we look at the premium–% above regular season average–for each game.
As shown above, everything is bigger in Texas, including the Texas-sized premium of 128% for Saturday’s Texans-Bengals game. It has been almost 20 years since an NFL playoff game in Houston, and in a state as football-crazed as Texas, the premium comes as no surprise. At an average price of $324, it’s actually the 2nd least expensive game the schedule, ahead of only Sunday’s Broncos-Steelers game, which has an average of $274. Given the this season's Tebow Mania, the relatively low price for this game does come as a bit of a surprise. In fact, it is only 29% above the season average, and less expensive than the two regular season games against the Bears and Patriots. With struggles and losses in the last three games, it seems that Broncos' fans belief in Tebow has waned enough to bring prices back to earth.
The two NFC match ups are this weekend’s most expensive games. At $361 per seat, the Giants-Falcons tops the list, with Lions at Saints right behind at $337 per. Both teams, however, had two of the highest regular season home averages so the premium their fans will be paying this weekend is nowhere near that of the fans Texas.
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