It was a wild Conference Championship round last weekend, where Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson overcame a gruesome four-interception day in Sunday’s matinee game against the Packers before Tom Brady and the Patriots deflated the Colts at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
Now, all eyes shift to Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, and ticket prices have risen considerably since last year’s bout between the Seahawks and Broncos.
There’s little history between the Patriots and Seahawks. In fact, the teams have only met 16 times in the last 37 years, and have never played against each other in the post-season.
Both the Pats and Seahawks own eight wins and eight losses in their 16 meetings, making this year’s Super Bowl quite the way to break the series tie.
With two weeks remaining before Super Bowl XLIX kicks off in Phoenix, ticket prices have already topped the $4,000 average on the secondary market.
The average price for Super Bowl tickets on TiqIQ is now $4,174.50. The game’s cheapest seat is currently listed at $1,850. Prices will likely continue to rise as the game draws closer, so keep an eye on the TiqIQ blog for an extensive analysis of Super Bowl ticket prices.
Last year, the Seahawks routed the Broncos at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey under abnormally warm weather in the first-ever “cold” Super Bowl.
With temperatures reaching upwards of 50 degrees, Super Bowl XLVIII tickets saw an average price of $3,375.88 on the secondary market.
That marks a 23.6 percent jump in price this year when the Seahawks return to the NFL’s biggest stage to play the Patriots.
While the Seahawks will see even higher secondary prices than last year’s Super Bowl, the Patriots’ last visit against the Giants in 2012 was slightly more expensive than this year’s game.
Super Bowl XLVI tickets owned an average price of $4,214.53 on the secondary market, which is .9 percent higher than Super Bowl XLIX and the most expensive Super Bowl TiqIQ has tracked over the past six seasons.
The Patriots suffered an improbable loss to the Giants, who posted six unanswered points in the fourth quarter to take a 21-17 win and claim their fourth Super Bowl title in franchise history.
Of course, Super Bowl Sunday isn’t the only event taking place in Arizona next week.
There will be a slew of entertainment around the Phoenix area all week long, ranging from the Rolling Stone Super Bowl Party to the three-day DirecTV Concert, which will be headlined by Zac Brown Band and also feature performances by Snoop Dogg, Imagine Dragons, Magic! and Jason Derulo.
The last time the Patriots and Seahawks met was in October of 2012. Russell Wilson was able to sneak past an experienced Tom Brady in his rookie season, winning at CenturyLink Field by a final score of 24-23.
Two years and a Super Bowl victory later, Wilson will look to use his proven experience at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale when he plays in his second consecutive title game on February 1.
On the other offensive end, Tom Brady heads back to the Super Bowl for the sixth time in his career in hopes of earning his elusive fourth ring.
The 37-year-old future Hall of Famer is no stranger to big games and has led his team into the AFC Conference Game each year since 2011, but he’s been unable to hoist the Lombardi Trophy since Super Bowl XXXIX in 2004.
With a dominant cast of receivers in Julian Edelman and tight end Rob Gronkowski this year, however, Brady is in good hands.
The Patriots also boast a reputable secondary defense under All Pros Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, but it was cornerback Kyle Arrington who limited Colts star receiver TY Hilton to just one reception in the AFC title game last Sunday.
Browner will greet Seattle’s feared Legion of Boom in Arizona in two weeks; he was an integral member of the team before heading to New England in free agency this past offseason.
Under Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Byron Maxwell, the defensive prowess of the Seahawks was able to keep Aaron Rodgers at bay in the NFC Championship Game. They’ll be sure to give Tom Brady a warm welcome under Glendale skies when they meet in two weeks.
With tickets exceeding the $4,000 average on the secondary market, it’s clear how much anticipation has built up for this year’s Super Bowl.
Expect the league’s best teams to make Super Bowl XLIX a modern classic when they take to University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1.