Panther-Saints big, ticket resales indicate

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Just how big is Sunday's game between the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints in which the NFC South title and a first-round bye are at stake?

According to SeatGeek.com, fans are paying an average of $212 per ticket on the secondary market.

That is the most in demand for a Carolina home game since at least 2009, when the organization began monitoring NFL ticket resales.

It tops last year's home game against the Dallas Cowboys, which drew an average resale of $206 per ticket. According to SeatGeek.com, games against the Cowboys typically are high because of their national following -- especially in smaller markets such as Charlotte.

Sunday's ticket resale is 15 percent higher than the $185 per ticket for Carolina's Monday night home game against the New England Patriots earlier this season.

Less than two months ago, tickets for this game were going for an average of $75 on the resale market. The current resale average is 20 percent higher than it was when New Orleans hosted Carolina two weeks ago at the Superdome for $176 per ticket.

Demand is up 80 percent from the average Carolina home game this year. The average resale has been $118, the 18th highest in the NFL.

Only the Atlanta at San Francisco game for $355 per ticket ranks higher this weekend, and that is because it's likely the time the 49ers play a home game at Candlestick Park unless they somehow host a playoff game.

Some fans are paying as high as $1,000 per ticket behind the Carolina bench.