The deadline (without an extension) for the Colts to sell out their home playoff game this Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium against the Bengals was Thursday afternoon (today) by 1 p.m. (72 hours before kickoff), and they did just that. Team owner Jim Irsay announced today that the Colts vs. Bengals game this Sunday is officially a sellout by TV standards and therefore will not be blacked out locally.
This was the second year in a row that the Colts had a bit of trouble selling out a playoff game, but it is a problem several franchises have had in the past few years. Last year, the Colts required an extension and then Meijer bought tickets to prevent the blackout, but this year it required neither - though still coming down to the deadline. This will be the first Colts game on WTTV-4, so it was very unlikely to reach the blackout stage anyway.
Furthermore, the Bengals have returned tickets, which is odd considering the proximity of Indianapolis to Cincinnati. Perhaps that's an indication that Bengals fans don't have much confidence in their team breaking their winless playoff streak, but regardless, there are still some select tickets still available at the usual ticket outlets. You can visit colts.com, ticketmaster.com, call (800) 745-3000, or visit the Lucas Oil Stadium box office.