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The NFL season is down to its final four, with the AFC and NFC conference championships airing this weekend. And while the best way to catch all of the games is still on conventional cable, cord cutters can still get in on the action with a few smart hacks.
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While the 32 teams took to the field last year in a modified season due to Covid-19, the 2021-22 NFL season actually expanded to a 17-game schedule (up from a 16-game regular season). The NFL has also expanded the playoff field from 12 teams to 14 teams, effectively allowing one more wild-card team from each conference (this was first introduced last year).
The AFC conference championship game pits the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, while the NFC conference game pits the San Francisco 49ers vs. the Los Angeles Rams. The latest Super Bowl LVI odds have the Chiefs on top, with oddsmakers also listing the Rams as other favorites to contend for the Super Bowl 56 trophy.
Where to Watch the NFL Playoffs: Watch Conference Championships on TV
The 2021-2022 NFL playoffs are being broadcast across a number of networks, including CBS and FOX.
You can watch the Chiefs vs. Bengals on CBS, while the Rams vs. 49ers game will air on FOX.
How to Watch NFL Playoff Games Without Cable
A simple TV antenna (like this one from Amazon) will get you access to both major networks in HD quality, so you can watch the NFL playoffs on TV with traditional cable.
Pay for the antenna once and enjoy “free cable” for as long as you have it installed. Our pick below can be mounted indoors or outdoors and delivers a range of up to 120 miles, to pick up more stations than most basic antennas. The digital antenna will let you watch the NFL playoffs on your local CBS and FOX affiliate, and give you access to dozens of other local channels.
How to Stream NFL Playoff Games Online
For full NFL coverage and to stream NFL games online, you’ll want to try out a live TV streaming service. These services get you access to both CBS and FOX to watch the NFL playoffs, along with post-game coverage on channels like ESPN.
Many of these providers are offering decent free trial periods too, so you can sign up for a trial to stream the NFL conference championships online free.
1. Stream NFL Playoffs Games Live on fuboTV
Your best bet to watch the NFL conference championships online is through fuboTV. A monthly subscription to fuboTV starts at just $64.99 (cheaper than most cable packages) and includes all the major networks, plus the NFL Network and ESPN. Your fuboTV deal also includes NBCSN and FOX Sports for post-game analysis.
In addition to sports, a subscription to fuboTV gets you more than 100 other channels (including AMC, Bravo, E! and Showtime) plus 500 hours of Cloud DVR Plus, to record any games or shows you want to re-watch. The best part: three screens can be logged in at once, so you won’t have to fight over the channels while the game is on.
We like fuboTV for other sports too, with access to the NHL Network, NBA TV, MLB Network, Golf Channel and more. Just in time for playoff season, fuboTV has a 7-day free trial offer right now that you can use to live stream the NFL online free. Start your trial here.
2. Stream NFL Playoff Games on Sling TV
Sling TV is the cheapest live NFL streaming service on our list, with plans starting at just $10 for your first month. The Sling Blue package gets you access to FOX to stream the Rams vs. 49ers online (in most markets), plus the NFL Network. Sling Orange gets you ESPN, ESPN 2 and ESPN 3. Your best Sling TV deal is to combine them, with the Sling Orange + Blue package from just $35/month (see details here).
Sling TV channels also include AMC, E!, HGTV, USA and more. You can also add their “sports extra” package for 10 bucks, which gets you live streaming to NFL Red Zone, in addition to the MLB Network, NHL Network, Tennis Channel, Golf Channel and more.
Sling is offering a three-day free trial for new users here. You can stream the Rams vs. 49ers on FOX free on Sling from any device and any screen.
3. Stream NFL Playoff Games on Vidgo
Vidgo is one of the newer streaming options online but it’s become a hit with both cord cutters and sports fans alike. Vidgo’s new $10 deal gets you ESPN and the NFL Network in addition to FOX, so you can stream the Rams vs. 49ers game online. You also get access to FOX Sports, ESPN 2, ESPN U, Big Ten Network and beIN Sports, for international matches (think live coverage of La Liga and Ligue 1 soccer).
Vidgo also lets you tack on NFL Red Zone and all the PAC 12 networks for college sports. Choose a subscription based on your terms – Vidgo doesn’t require any long-term contracts or hidden fees, and you can cancel anytime. Watch with friends on up to three devices at one. Try Vidgo out for $10 for your first month to live stream the NFL online. Price goes up to $55 a month after that.
Not sure you want to commit? Vidgo is currently offering a 3-day free trial to test out the service so you can stream NFL playoff games online free before signing up for a plan.
4. Stream NFL Playoff Games on Hulu + Live TV
You already know Hulu as the home of shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, Nine Perfect Strangers and Only Murders in the Building, but their Hulu + Live TV service also gets you live streaming of NFL games on CBS, FOX, ESPN, and NFL Network.
With a subscription to Hulu + Live TV, you can watch both the Chiefs vs. Bengals and 49ers vs. Rams online, all from one streaming service.
5. Stream NFL Playoff Games on Paramount+
A subscription to Paramount+ (previously called CBS All Access) starts at just $4.99 per month and lets you live stream the Chiefs vs. Bengals game on CBS.
In addition to NFL games, your Paramount+ membership lets you stream more than 30,000 TV episodes and movies from the streaming service’s recently expanded lineup, which includes acclaimed originals like The Good Fight, Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Discovery, Why Women Kill, and a remake of The Twilight Zone, with Jordan Peele as the host and narrator. You’ll also get access to thousands of hours of content from BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV, and TV Land.
Try Paramount+ with a 7-day trial here to stream the Chiefs vs. Bengals online free.
How to Live Stream NFL Online Free
All of the above free trials will let you watch the NFL for free online, and live stream the NFL conference championship games on your computer, phone or tablet.
You can also watch both the Chiefs vs. Bengals and Rams vs. 49ers on TV free by casting one of the streaming services to your connected television set, or by loading the streaming apps onto your TV through a streaming device like Roku or Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Can You Watch the NFL Playoffs on Amazon Prime?
However, you won’t be able to stream the NFL conference championships on Amazon Prime. Those playoff games will only be shown on the conventional cable channels mentioned above.
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