A quick overview of three storylines that could help determine the outcome of Saturday night's game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Nagler/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
GREEN BAY – With the Green Bay Packers out of the playoffs and Aaron Rodgers out for the season, tickets for Saturday's game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field are heading into bargain territory.
The average lowest get-in price, based on a survey of eight secondary-market ticket brokers, was $92 on Wednesday, down from $112 on Tuesday and $145 last week, when the Packers still had a chance of making the playoffs.
Other negative factors include a forecast for the coldest temperatures of the season and snow late in the week, although less than was predicted on Tuesday.
The nationally televised game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday and will be on NBC. Saturday's weather forecast calls for a high of 23 and a low around 6 degrees, which means game-time temps might be in the low teens or colder. Before that, one to three inches of snow is expected from Thursday through mid-day Friday.
"I'm surprised to see (prices) as high as they are now," Bill Wenzel of Titletown Tickets & Tours in Ashwaubenon said before the Packers' announcement late Tuesday that Rodgers was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. "The weather looks like it's going to be very cold. It's iffy that Rodgers is really going to play and we are not used to playing meaningless games so late in the year."
The games do mean something to the Vikings, who are fighting for home-field advantage through the playoffs, and the Lions, who just want to make the playoffs.
The 7-7 Packers and 11-3 Vikings have a fierce rivalry, which might be supporting prices a little. The teams have split the last four NFC North championships and the Packers are 7-4-1 against the Vikings since the 2012 season.
Wenzel said he's not seeing as much movement in tickets as during the last couple of games. With family members home for Christmas, potential sellers might have decided to go to the game instead.
"Maybe this is their time to go to a game at Lambeau," he said.
Detroit, meanwhile, still has a shot at the playoffs and Lions fans are showing some enthusiasm. According to SeatGeek, 76 percent of orders for the Lions-Packers game during the past week were from Michigan, while 3.5 percent were from Wisconsin.
The average lowest get-in price for the New Year's Eve game at Ford Field is $120, up from $100 last week, but down from Tuesday's season high of $129. The 8-6 Lions have an outside shot at making the playoffs and play the disorganized 5-9 Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Ticket prices at a glance
We surveyed tickets at eight secondary-market websites, including Event USA, NFL Ticket Exchange, SeatGeek, StubHub, ticketiQ, Ticket King, Titletown Tickets and Tours and VividSeats. The following is a summary of the eight sites:
Minnesota at Lambeau Field, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23
» Lowest SRO range Tuesday: $93-$107
» Lowest SRO range Wednesday: $73-$81
» Average lowest seat Tuesday: $112
» Average lowest seat Wednesday: $92
» Range of lowest seat prices Tuesday: $80-$128
» Range of lowest seat price Wednesday: $77-$105
Packers at Detroit, noon Dec. 31
» Lowest SRO: N/A
» Average lowest seat tuesday: $129
» Average lowest seat Wednesday: $120
» Range of lowest seat prices Tuesday: $95-$155
» Range of lowest seat prices Wednesday: $94-$145