After an expanded, 18-week regular season, the NFL Playoffs are finally here. After Saturday night saw wins by the Bengals and Bills, Sunday featured victories by the Bucs, 49ers and Chiefs. That leaves just one final game to close out the Super Wild Card Weekend, tonight’s Cardinals and Rams showdown at 8:15 p.m. ET (5:15 p.m. PT) on ABC, ESPN, ESPN 2 and ESPN Plus. The winner of tonight’s contest will play Tom Brady and the Buccaneers on Sunday.
ABC, ESPN and ESPN Plus will have the regular broadcasts of the game. ESPN 2 and ESPN Plus will offer Peyton and Eli Manning’s ManningCast. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has tweeted that he will be joining the NFL legends for tonight’s broadcast.
The top seeds in each conference — the Green Bay Packers in the NFC and the Tennessee Titans in the AFC — got first-round byes this weekend. The Bengals will head to Tennessee while the 49ers will head to Green Bay, with both games set for Saturday. The Bills and Chiefs will close out the Divisional Round in next Sunday’s late window.
The good news for football fans whois that it’s easier than ever to stream NFL playoff games live. This year inexpensive services, namely and , are carrying NBC and CBS games, while premium like and stream every game too. Here’s how you can catch all the NFL playoff action.
How to watch the playoffs
Major streaming providers such as YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, FuboTV and DirecTV Stream offer nearly all the major channels you’ll need for football this postseason: CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC or ESPN.
Sling TV offers NBC and Fox in some markets with its Blue package, but it lacks CBS and ABC. It’s also worth noting that to get ESPN you will either need to switch to its Orange package or go for its pricier Blue and Orange bundle.
If you’re fine with watching on your phone or tablet, you can use the Yahoo Sports app to stream tonight’s game as well as next week’s action.
What do I need to know about ESPN Plus?
ESPN’s standalone streaming service will also show one playoff game — the Monday night game between the Rams and the Cardinals.
What do I need to know about Peacock?
All of NBC’s NFL Playoff games — including the Super Bowl on Feb. 13 — will be available to stream on its Peacock streaming service, so long as you pay for one of its Premium subscriptions.
There are two of these tiers, a $5-per-month Premium option that has ads (when watching nonlive content) and a $10-per-month Premium Plus option that will stream nonlive content ad-free (and let you download some content to watch offline).
How about Paramount Plus?
Paramount Plus offers live CBS feeds with its Premium tier for $10 a month. Depending on where you live, however, your local CBS station (and those NFL games) might not be available. CBS offers livestreaming services in many markets; you can check if your area has live CBS streaming here.
Best options to stream the NFL Playoffs
Here are our recommendations for the best ways to watch the NFL Playoffs without cable.
ESPN Plus costs $6 a month or $60 a year and will show the game on Monday night between the Rams and Cardinals. You can also get ESPN Plus as part of the Disney bundle that also includes Disney Plus and Hulu for $8 a month or $80 a year.
YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes all the channels needed to watch every NFL Playoff game. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area.
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FuboTV costs $65 a month and has all the NFL channels needed to watch every playoff game. Click here to see which local channels you get.
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Hulu with Live TV costs $70 a month and includes all the needed football channels. Click the “View channels in your area” link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code.
Read our Hulu with Live TV review.
Sling TV’s $35-a-month Blue plan includes NBC and Fox, but only in a handful of markets. Enter your address here to see if those local channels are available where you live.
Note: This version of Sling TV does not include ESPN. For that, you’ll need to switch to the similarly priced Orange plan or go for the combined $50-per-month Orange and Blue bundle. Sling does not offer CBS or ABC with any of its plans.
Read our Sling TV review.
Peacock will show NBC’s games during the NFL Playoffs, including the Super Bowl on Feb. 13. You will, however, need one of the service’s Premium plans to watch the games live and full-game replays, though highlights are available on the free tier. The ad-supported Premium plan costs $5 a month, and the ad-free Premium Plus plan costs $10 a month. Note that you’ll still have to watch ads during live football with the $10 plan; ad-free applies only to on-demand content.
Read our Peacock review.
Those looking for CBS games will be able to stream them on Paramount Plus with its $5-per-month Essentials or $10-per-month Premium tier. You can check for yourself if your area has live CBS streaming here.
Read our Paramount Plus review.
All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials (except Peacock, which just has a free tier that doesn’t stream live NFL games), allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our.