Because only 2,100 tickets remain for Sunday's Wild-Card playoff between the Jaguars and the New England Patriots, the National Football League has extended the deadline on a possible television blackout of the game until 12:00 noon on Saturday.
"Because of the number of tickets that have been sold in the last three days, the NFL felt confident that the game will be sold out by noon Saturday," said Bill Prescott, Jaguars vice president, chief financial officer. "Of course, that is predicated on the demand for tickets continuing."
If the game is not sold out by 12:00 noon on Saturday, it will not be televised within a 75-mile radius of Jacksonville or shown on satellite television. No Jaguars game has ever been blacked out.
The Jaguars Ticket Office will be closed on Friday because the Gator Bowl being played at ALLTEL Stadium would create parking and other logistical problems for those attempting to buy tickets. The Ticket Office will be open from 8:00 to 6:00 on Saturday. Tickets can also be purchased by telephone at (904) 633-2000 or (800) 618-8005. Tickets are priced at $35, $45, $60 and $85.
The Jaguars and Patriots have made additional changes to their injury reports today.
For the Jaguars, S Chris Hudson (ankle), RB Tavian Banks (foot) and OT Leon Searcy (knee) were upgraded to probable and S Donovin Darius (hip) was upgraded to questionable. For the Patriots, CB Chris Canty (ribs) was added to the injury report as probable.