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Packers, Colts and Bengals, with help from corporate partners, sell out playoff games

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The Green Bay Packers, who have sold out every regular-season game since 1959, won't have to deal with the embarrassment of having empty seats at Sunday's playoff game.

The Packers sold out their remaining tickets on Friday, ensuring there will be no local television blackout for their game against the 49ers. Fans bought some tickets, but corporate partners had to pitch in. The Packers said Associated Bank in Green Bay, Fox TV affiliates WITI (Milwaukee), WLUK (Green Bay) and WFXS (Wausau), Mills Fleet Farm and Bellin Health all bought tickets to ensure the sellout.

The Colts also sold out their playoff game, which is Saturday against Kansas City, and won't have a local television blackout. The superstore chain Meijer bought the remaining tickets and will give them to military families, the team announced.

In Cincinnati, the supermarket chain Kroger bought a large quantity of tickets for the Bengals' game against the Chargers on Sunday, and the team announced that the final tickets available were sold on Friday. Kroger said it will distribute the tickets to military veterans and active duty service members.

While it's not perfect for the NFL to need corporate partners to pony up for unsold tickets, it sure beats the scenario of home fans being unable to watch the game.

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