Good seats in Green Bay still available

CHICAGO -- How unexpected was the Green Bay Packers' NFC North title?

Nearly half of their season-ticket holders didn’t bother to send in their playoff money.

Shortly after the Packers' 33-28 victory against the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field, the team announced that approximately 40,000 tickets would go on sale Monday for the wild-card playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Season-ticket holders were given the chance to reserve their playoff tickets a few weeks ago, well before they knew whether quarterback Aaron Rodgers would return this season from his broken collarbone, and clearly many of them scoffed at the notion that a team that at one point had a five-game winless streak would be playing in January.

But at 8-7-1, the Packers are in as the fourth seed and will host the fifth-seeded San Francisco 49ers (12-4).

It will be interesting to see how many of those season-ticket holders, who will get the first chance to buy the remaining tickets on Monday, take advantage of it. Whatever tickets remain after that will be available to the general public beginning Monday at 3 p.m. local time.