Season's first blackout comes in Week 13

The Sports Xchange
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The San Diego Chargers-Cincinnati Bengals game on Sunday in San Diego will be blacked out in the southern California televison market after the home team failed to sell enough tickets.
The local blackout, which comes in Week 13, is the first in the NFL this season.
The Chargers did not sell the minimum number of tickets, per NFL policy, within 72 hours of kickoff. The team did not request a 24-hour extension because there were more than 5,300 tickets available.
The closest any team previously came to a blackout this season was on Oct. 15 when the Buffalo Bills played host to the Bengals. The Bills offered a $15 discount on tickets and eventually sold out the game.
To go into Week 13 (176 games) of the season without a blackout is a rarity. The last time an NFL season went 12 weeks without a blackout was 1973.
The last NFL television blackout occurred in the final week of the 2012 season when the Bills closed out the regular season against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Last season's Bengals-Chargers game also was blacked out in San Diego in Week 13.
This year, the Chargers (5-6) and Bengals (7-4) are in the playoff mix. Cincinnati is leading the AFC North and San Diego is chasing a wild-card spot.