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Update: Bengals complete season sellout as push begins to sell out playoff game; Tez rustles

Posted Dec 26, 2013

The Bengals announce Sunday's game vs. Baltimore has been declared a sellout.


Andre Smith

Updated: 4:25 p.m.

Trying to finish their first unbeaten home season in 25 years, the Bengals continued one other streak Thursday when they sold out Sunday's 1 p.m. season finale against the Ravens to mark a sellout in every Paul Brown Stadium game this season.

That means the game airs on Cincinnati's Channel 12 with CBS's top announcing crew of play-by-play man Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms.

A limited number of tickets remain available, primarily as a result of visiting team returns. Tickets may now be purchased just for the first home playoff game. Due to the timing of playoff determination, there are a large number of tickets for sale for this game, and seats are available on all three levels of PBS. 

Playoff tickets may be purchased online here at Bengals.com. Fans also may contact Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000.

Tickets also may be purchased through the Bengals Ticket Hotline at 513-621-3550, or toll-free at 866-621-8383 (TDTD). Additionally, tickets may be purchased in person at the PBS ticket office during business hours.

Citing a target number somewhere between 10-15,000, Jeff Berding, the club's director of sales and public affairs, said they are planning a major push to make sure "we don't join that list of teams that haven't sold out playoff games." Berding said an email blast in the next few days featuring such players as left end Carlos Dunlap, left guard Andrew Whitworth and wide receiver Marvin Jones is ticketed for anyone who has bought a ticket this season or inquired about tickets. 

INJURY UPDATE: The Bengals practiced Thursday on the grass fields next to Paul Brown Stadium in sunny 37 degrees, much like the conditions they'll see inside PBS Sunday at 1 p.m. against the defending Super Bowl-champion Ravens. The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for 40 degrees at kickoff under partly sunny skies with no sign yet of precipitation.

Will backer Vontaze Burfict (concussion) looked to be progressing in the NFL protocol as he worked on the side in a jersey but no helmet. Returning to the field after sitting out Tuesday were linebacker Vinny Rey (ankle), right tackle Andre Smith (ankle), cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (ankle) and tight end Alex Smith (concussion), all listed as limited. Not on the field were tight ends Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) and Tyler Eifert (neck) as well as defensive tackle Devon Still (back) and cornerback Terence Newman (knee). Newman, who has missed the last two games, continues to rehab with an eye to the first playoff game.

SAM backer James Harrison (concussion), who went full Tuesday after missing last Sunday's game, was back on the field and full go again.

For the Ravens, quarterback Joe Flacco (knee) wasn't listed on the report Thursday, a day that pass rusher Elvis Dumervil (ankle), wide receiver Torrey Smith (thigh) and running back Ray Rice (thigh) were limited. Defensive tackle Arthur Jones (concussion) didn't practice.

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