Watch the NFL Playoffs Online: Live Stream and On-Demand Guide

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On Saturday, January 9th, the NFL playoffs kicked and millions of people around the world  have been watching all of the action. Four networks will be broadcasting the NFL playoff games: ESPN, NBC, FOX, and CBS. Without a cable subscription it may seem overwhelming to watch the NFL playoffs live, but thankfully there are now multiple methods you can use to watch NFL playoffs online, including a free Super Bowl live stream

Within the last couple of years, the trend of cable cutting has rapidly grown. With this have come new and unique offerings for football fans to legally watch NFL playoffs online – both live and on-demand. Below is a guide on all of your options this postseason to watch football live from the comfort of your home. Whether you’re looking to catch an NFL playoffs stream or two, or wanting to keep up to date throughout all the postseason action, you’ll find the right method for you below.

Watch the Wild Card Game Broadcast on ESPN With Sling TV

Sling TV

Sling TV is one of the top options to watch live TV without a cable subscription, and one of the best ways to enjoy a live NFL playoffs live stream from the comfort of your couch. The live streaming service has a great package of popular cable channels. ESPN is included in this package and the network will be broadcasting one of the four Wild Card games this season. The game will be simulcast on ABC, which can be accessed with a Sling TV subscription by signing into WatchESPN with your Sling TV login. With Sling TV’s 7-day free trial you can even watch the game for free while trying out the streaming service. There is also a limited-time offer of a free Roku 2 player if you subscribe to 3 months of Sling TV. Sling TV will certainly be a great resource to watch the NFL playoffs online.

Here are some additional details and features of Sling TV:

  • Basic package includes over 20 channels
  • Networks include CNN, TBS, TNT, ESPN, ESPN2, and AMC
  • No contract required letting you cancel whenever you’d like
  • Costs only $20 per month for the basic package
  • $5 more per month allows you to include add-on packages with more channels
  • Read our full review of Sling TV

For an easy, affordable way to enjoy live NFL playoffs streaming, sign up for Sling TV today and enjoy a free 7-day trial!


Watch NFL Playoffs Online Live With PlayStation Vue

Sony has recently launched a streaming service of its own – PlayStation Vue. Initially only accessible via a PS3 or PS4, it can now be accessed on iOS phones and tablets or on your TV with an Amazon Fire TV or Chromecast. PlayStation Vue has a large package of cable channels, about 50 for the introductory package. Some of the channels included are FOX, CBS, and NBC. These channels will be airing the majority of the NFL Playoffs live and PlayStation Vue will be a great way to live stream the NFL playoff games. The initial package starts at $49.99 and does not require a contract.

Vue is not fully accessible across the U.S. and is only available in select cities— Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Miami, Dallas, and San Francisco. If you are in one of these cities, PlayStation Vue will be a great chance to watch an NFL playoffs live stream if you are willing to put up the $50 per month for the service.


Watch The Super Bowl and Select NFL Playoffs Live Streams for Free on CBS

This year, CBS announced it will actually be live streaming the Super Bowl and other playoffs games on its CBS Sports platform. CBS does not require any specific authentication to access the NFL playoffs streams. It can be accessed across multiple devices including laptops, tablets, phones, and connected devices like Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, and Chromecast. This season, CBS streamed several regular season games for free.

The below games will be accessible for free streaming on CBS Sports:

Steelers vs. Bengals, Saturday, January 8th

AFC Divisional Playoffs, Saturday, January 15th or Sunday, January 16th

AFC Championship Game, Sunday, January 24th

Super Bowl 50, Sunday, February 7th


Use a Digital Antenna to Watch NFL Playoffs Live Streams for Free

All of the NFL Playoff games will be broadcast on over-the-air network channels like ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. As mentioned, even the ESPN broadcast game will be simulcast on ABC. All of these channels can be access with an antenna, which connects your TV to the over-the-air network broadcasts. This means for the cost of an antenna and the time it takes to set it up, you can watch every NFL playoff game live in your living room. If you are in the market for an antenna, we always recommend the Mohu Leaf 50. It’s an affordable option with a sleek design and impressive 50-mile reception range.

In addition, you can pair the antenna with a DVR device. The DVD will let you rewind, record, fast-forward, and pause any live TV you watch on your antenna. This would be an awesome setup during the NFL playoffs, especially if you miss any big plays and want to re-watch any of the action. The Tablo is our recommended option, since it includes the option to connect to watch TV on your phone, tablet, or computer wherever you are. Check out our full DVR comparison guide here.


Subscribe To NFL Game Pass To Watch NFL Playoff Games On-Demand

This season, the NFL released its highly anticipated Game Pass service in the United States. The streaming service lets subscribers view tons of on-demand games including all 256 games of this regular season and games from the 2009-2014 season, including Super Bowls. Live audio is actually available for all of the regular season games during the year. During the playoffs, you can watch all of the NFL Playoff games on-demand after they air this season. A year subscription costs $99.99 for NFL Game Pass (full review) and there is currently a free 7-day trial.


International Viewers Can Subscribe to NFL Game Pass to Watch NFL Playoffs Online LIVE

For NFL fans outside of the United States, there is an additional NFL Game Pass service. The NFL Game Pass international version provides all of the same features as the domestic version, but also lets you live stream NFL Playoff Games. It’s a great option for fans who cannot easily watch NFL Playoff games online. During the regular season, subscribers can actually live stream all of the games. Learn more about Game Pass International here.


NFL Playoffs Live Stream Schedule

Saturday, January 9

4:35 p.m. ET, Chiefs vs. Texans (ESPN/ABC)

8:15 p.m. ET, Steelers vs Bengals (CBS)

Sunday, January 10

1:05 p.m. ET, Seahawks vs. Vikings (NBC)

4:40 p.m. ET, Packers vs. Redskins (FOX)


Complete Guide to Watching NFL Games Online

If you want to learn more about how to watch NFL games without cable, check out our detailed guide on how to watch the NFL online.



Matt Pelletier

Matt Pelletier

Matt Pelletier has a background in finance and information technology and has written for publications with themes ranging from sports to enterprise technology and investments.
Matt Pelletier

2 Comments on "Watch the NFL Playoffs Online: Live Stream and On-Demand Guide"

  1. Marshal Hudson | January 25, 2016 at 9:46 am |

    Thanks for the guide it is very detailed, i am out of USA, i have purchased a US ip dedicated from Purevpn, can i follow the same steps afterwards?

    • If you’re not in the USA you probably have the best option–NFL Game Pass that gives you live streams of games. Look under international options up in the article and try that out!

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