Seahawks Super Bowl ticket prices skyrocket after win over Chargers
From blockbuster trades to former XFL quarterbacks beating future Hall of Famers, a lot has happened in the NFL in the past week! As the season nears the halfway point, the playoff race in both conferences looks wide open thanks to league-wide parity. Here’s a look at what did (and didn’t) move the needle in Week 7, using information from SI Tickets’ post-season bookings.
Much criticized over the years for its mediocrity, the NFC East has the last word this season. The division boasts three of the NFC’s top four records, with the Eagles the NFL’s only remaining undefeated team and the surprising Giants the league’s only 6-1 team. Even the Commanders, the only team in the division still below .500, have now won back-to-back games after defeating the Packers on Sunday.
Is this hot start real? We’ll see if the Giants can maintain their remarkable narrow winning streak, but in an NFC riddled with mediocrity, it’s entirely possible this will be the year of the NFC East. On SI Tickets’ NFC Championship game booking system, the Eagles have the highest price at $441, while the next highest NFC team is the Cowboys at $315. The Giants come in fourth, with Christian McCaffrey and the 49ers holding the third-highest booking price at $254.
The panthers find a new life
Perhaps the most surprising result of the NFL season so far came in Week 7 when the Panthers came out of nowhere to upset Tom Brady and the Bucs. It wasn’t just the fact that Carolina had found a way to win, but How? ‘Or’ What: Third-string quarterback PJ Walker beat Tom Brady, the Panthers defense completely shut down Tampa Bay, and a team that seemed to have thrown in the towel when dealing with McCaffrey suddenly found hope.
Yes, the Panthers are still 2–5. And yes, Sunday’s game taught us a lot about the work the Bucs have to do to be a contender again. But remarkably, Carolina is just one game away from a divisional lead in the NFC South going into this weekend’s game with the 3–4 Falcons. And in the last 10 games of the season, the Panthers only play three games against teams currently above .500. Carolina still has the lowest ticket booking price for the Divisional Round on SI Tickets in the NFL, but it wouldn’t take much for Carolina to jump right back into the playoff picture.
Colts pivot to future
While no one is exactly running away with the AFC South, the Colts are making a big change this week with an eye to the future: sophomore QB Sam Ehlinger takes over from Matt Ryan as the starter to go from the front. Ryan has led Indianapolis to a 3-3-1 start in seven games, but turnovers have been a problem, with nine interceptions and three fumbles lost so far in his first season as a Colt. So after the Colts offense had just 10 points in a loss to division rival Tennessee on Sunday, Frank Reich made a change.
Going with Ehlinger is important, especially since the Colts also have Nick Foles on their bench. The former Texas star pulled off huge numbers for the Longhorns before being drafted in the sixth round last year. And while Indy is still clearly within reach in the division, it feels like a decision made with the future in mind. After Sunday’s loss and switch to Ehlinger, prices for booking Colts tickets on SI Tickets dropped 15% for the divisional round and 40% for the Super Bowl.
Seahawks continue to rise
Geno Smith and the Seahawks have officially gone from a fun early season story to a legitimate playoff contender. Seattle now sits alone atop the NFC West after Sunday’s dominating victory over the Chargers, combined with the Chiefs managing the 49ers. And with the way this offense plays out, Seattle could come out on top in a division that includes defending champion Rams and the star-studded Niners.
The Seahawks QB was a revelation, putting together another effective day Sunday with two TD assists. And RB rookie Kenneth Walker III is showing the explosiveness that made him one of the best players in college football a season ago, scoring twice and rushing for 168 yards in the win. So while the Niners’ significant addition of McCaffrey grabbed headlines, it was Seattle that was the week’s big winner in the NFC West, seeing their Super Bowl booking prices soar 105%. on SI tickets last week.
Can the Jets withstand key injuries?
The Jets have now won four straight after finding a way to triumph on the road in Denver, but the victory came at a high cost. New York lost two critical plays to season-ending injuries, talented RB rookie Breece Hall and starting offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker. Losing Hall and Vera-Tucker could have a huge impact on an offense that had found its footing in recent weeks running the ball, especially with Hall’s big-play ability.
The Jets have another promising youngster on Michael Carter’s roster and traded James Robinson this week to the Jaguars for more depth in that position. But a less dynamic running game and poorer protection for Zach Wilson could spell disaster for the Jets’ offense heading into back-to-back divisional matchups with the Patriots and Bills. Jets’ division-round ticket booking prices on SI Tickets jumped more than 50% after Sunday’s big win, but this team still has a lot to prove after those key losses.