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Packers get extension to sell tickets for Sunday's game

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers have won a deadline extension to sell out Sunday's home playoff game and avoid a TV blackout.

With about 3,000 tickets remaining, the Packers said Thursday the NFL granted the team's request for an extension. The new deadline is 4 p.m. Friday.

If the game against the San Francisco 49ers isn't sold out, there will be a blackout in local TV markets, including Green Bay, the Fox Cities, Milwaukee and Wausau.

With a long waiting list for season tickets, not selling out a playoff game is an unusual scenario for the Packers. The last time a Packers home game didn't sell out was in January 1983 when they hosted the St. Louis Cardinals in a first-round playoff game in a strike-shortened season.

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GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Thousands of tickets were still available for the Packers playoff game against San Francisco on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

About 7,500 tickets remained as of Wednesday. Part of the reason for the availability is that an early deadline for season ticket holders to reserve tickets arrived when the team was losing and in danger of not making the playoffs. Temperatures are also expected to be frigid Sunday. 

If the team doesn't sell all the tickets, Green Bay and Milwaukee may face a television black out for the game. NFL policy states a game needs to be sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff, which sets the final clock for 3:40 p.m. Thursday.

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