Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) celebrates with quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in the third quarter during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

49ers Tickets: 2013's Most Expensive Home Games

The San Francisco 49ers are elite again. Joe Montana and Steve Young have nothing to do with it this time around. Instead, it’s all because of an elite defense, a fiery head coach in Jim Harbaugh and a tattooed quarterback in Colin Kaepernick.

Three seasons ago, the 49ers weren’t elite. They were floundering, and just scraping by as a competitive but not great franchise. Then entered Jim Harbaugh, who lifted the 49ers from their meager $116 per game ticket sales, and brought San Francisco back to the NFC title game.

Harbaugh’s guidance brought a +60% impact in secondary prices for San Francisco 49ers tickets in 2012, as 49ers fans could see they had a truly elite product on the field once again. That put tickets up to $186 on average, but the rise certainly won’t be stopping as 2013 closes in.

In fact, 49ers tickets have taken another jump heading into 2013, going up to $204 with a +10% increase from a year ago, and a +76% increase in ticket price since Harbaugh’s arrival. Clearly, making two straight NFC title games and appearing in last year’s Super Bowl tells you something: that the 49ers are good, and now a lot more valuable, as well. With the 49ers at such great heights, TiqIQ preps for the new season by taking a look at their top three home games of 2013:

(9/8) vs. Green Bay Packers | Avg: $329 | Get-in: $145

It’s the season opener. At home. Against a team the 49ers wiped the floor with twice (including playoffs) last year. So, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal.

But even with that clear as day, it’s arguable that 49ers fans are getting a pretty sweet deal. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers still present a sizeable challenge, and this game could easily be high-scoring.

(12/23) vs. Atlanta Falcons | Avg: $305 | Get-in: $138

Here comes even better value, as the 49ers welcome the Falcons, who they topped in last year’s NFC title game to reach the Super Bowl. Obviously there will be no love lost in this matchup, and as if it weren’t intense or hyped enough, it’s a late December meeting with playoff implications. It should be a tight battle with a ton of huge plays.

(12/8) vs. Seattle Seahawks | Avg: $233 | Get-in: $77

And here’s the best value. It’s the Seattle Seahawks at home for under $240 on average. Not only is the get-in price disgustingly low, but this bitter rivalry is heating up to uncontainable lengths and should be busting at the seams come December 8th. The duel between Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick alone is worth the price.

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