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Tampa Bay Buccaneers near sellout for Monday Night Football game

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that 2,000 tickets remain available for their Monday Night Football game against the Indianapolis Colts.

If the game is sold out by 8:30 p.m. Friday, it would end a streak of 14 straight games that have been subject to a local television blackout, including the preseason.

It's only the second time the Colts have played in Tampa. The last time, the Colts rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat the Bucs 38-35 in Tony Dungy's return to RJS, a game that also was televised on Monday Night Football. This time, the Colts will be without quarterback Peyton Manning, who is recovering from a neck surgery.

The Bucs will be making their first primetime nationally televised appearance in nearly three years. The Bucs played on Monday Night Football Dec. 8, 2008 at Carolina when they lost 38-23 to the Panthers.

Monday night's game won't be the only national exposure for the Bucs, who are coming off a 10-6 record in 2010. Tampa Bay will host the Dallas Cowboys on NFL Network on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 8:20 p.m. The game against the Cowboys may be the only other contest at RJS this season that won't be subject to a blackout.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers near sellout for Monday Night Football game 09/27/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 2:57am]
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