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Bengals Sell Out Paul Brown Stadium, Playoff Game Will Air on TV Sunday

The Cincinnati Bengals will be seen on local television on Sunday in their first-round playoff game against the San Diego Chargers.

On Friday, the Bengals became the last team in the playoffs not to sell their home field when the Packers were able to do so, but word came at 3 p.m. that Paul Brown Stadium had finally sold out.

Bengals.com reports that corporate brands Tide, Gillette, CoverGirl, and Bounty pushed the team "into the endzone". Those brands all belong to Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble.

The tickets scooped up by P&G will be added to the complimentary tickets Cincinnati-based Kroger is giving away this weekend to local military families. Kroger will hand out the tickets to military veterans and active duty service members at several Cincinnati-area locations, including the Newport MarketPlace. A military ID is necessary for two free tickets to Sunday's game. Those tickets will be given out on Saturday.

“We are happy to do our part to help sell out the Bengals game and give back to those who have served us through the military,” said Matt Hollenkamp of P&G Sports Marketing in a news release.

“On behalf of the entire Bengals organization, I want to thank Procter & Gamble and Kroger for their great leadership, helping the team and Cincinnati region get the game sold out and on television for everyone," Katie Blackburn, Bengals executive vice president said in a news release. "Through the efforts from many of our business partners and fans across the region who stepped forward to buy tickets, our team is sure to have a great home field advantage Sunday."

The game will be on CBS (WKRC-TV) at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Photo: Bengals fans tailgating earlier in the season in Covington/RCN file