Following a crazy weekend of wildcard games we're finally near the home stretch. Now, the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers both have home-field advantage and face the lowest seed in the AFC and NFC. There are only four games this week, but they're all super important and win-or-go-home. With several awesome matchups here's everything you need to know about every game, and how to watch them live online from anywhere.
After a historically odd season and a year full of surprises, it's finally time to find our champs. That said, we're expecting surprises and upsets to continue here in 2021. Whether that's the Browns knocking off the Super Bowl champs, or the Bills making it all the way to the big game. Honestly, I think i'll be Packers vs Bills in February.
That said, this week we have some excellent games you will absolutly want to watch. A big one being the 42-year old Drew Brees facing the 44-year old Tom Brady, when the Bucs face the Saints. That could be the game of the week, although at this point the Browns vs Chiefs could be far more exciting with two confident young QBs. As you can see, there are some exciting storylines developing for what will surely be an awesome weekend of football.
Here's a breakdown of every NFL playoff game this weekend, what day they'll play, and how you can stream the playoffs online.
2020-2021 NFL Playoffs weekend schedule
Since this is the playoffs and there aren't as many games to go around, the NFL and broadcasters work things differently. As a result, two playoff games are on Saturday, and the other two are Sunday. We're assuming any die-hard fan already knows when their team plays, but here's a breakdown just in case.
NFL Playoff Saturday games
- Rams vs Packers - Saturday, Jan 16th at 4:35pm ET / 1:35pm PT on FOX
- Ravens vs Bills - Saturday at 8:15pm ET / 5:15pm PT on NBC
NFL Playoff Sunday games
- Browns vs Chiefs - Sunday, Jan 17th at 3:05pm ET / 12:05am PT on CBS
- Bucs vs Saints - Sunday at 6:40pm ET / 3:40pm PT on FOX
The Packers are a 6.5 point favorite over the Rams. Vegas sports books also think Buffalo wins by 2.5, the Chiefs are a 10-point favorite, which is a stretch, and the Saints are estimated to win by 3.
For those paying attention, both Saturday and Sunday we have some very late football games to enjoy. Those in regions around the globe, like the UK, will have to stay up super late into the next morning to enjoy them.
How to Watch the NFL Playoffs online from outside your country
NFL fans in the US, UK, Australia, or Canada have several ways to watch the playoffs, which we'll discuss in a moment. For those in the U.S. that are geo-locked or looking to watch their team using some other method, we have you covered.
In fact, that's where one of the best VPNs can really save the playoffs. A VPN service allows you to virtually change the IP address of your laptop, tablet, or mobile phone to one back in your home country or a different state so you can watch any game you want, anywhere you want.
VPNs are super simple to use, not to mention provide additional security while you're surfing the web. You have a lot of VPN choices these days, but we recommend ExpressVPN as your #1 option thanks to the overall security, speed, and ease of use. It's available on most operating systems and devices (e.g. iOS, Android, Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, Roku, game consoles, etc). Sign up for ExpressVPN now and enjoy a 49% discount and 3 months FREE with an annual subscription. Or give it a quick sample with its 30-day money-back guarantee. Looking for other options? Here are a few VPN alternatives that are on sale right now.
No matter where you are in the world, a VPN is one of the easiest ways to watch the playoffs.
How to watch the NFL Playoffs online in the U.S.
Since this is the playoffs and we don't have 32 teams playing and regional restrictions, every single game will be televised nationally. This makes it easy to watch with regular cable at home. Fans with a traditional cable package can also log on to the NBC, Fox, CBS, or ESPN apps and stream the playoffs from a PC, laptop, or tablet.
Plus, over-the-top streaming services like FuboTV offers every one of those channels. And actually, the reason we love FuboTV is they offer all five channels that show NFL games each week (CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, and NFL Network). Pricing for Fubo starts at $64.99 a month, and you can take advantage of a FREE seven-day FuboTV trial. Meaning you can watch some NFL football for free!
Fubo TV offers access to just about every single NFL game during the 2020-2021 NFL season, playoffs included. If you don't want to miss out on any kick off or touchdown that takes place, it's a great option. A few other streaming services can air the NFL, but most only have some channels, and not all of them.
How to stream the NFL Playoffs live in the UK
If you're outside the U.S. you can still watch the NFL playoffs. Those in the UK can catch all the action with the Sky Sports NFL Channel, which usually shows six games each week. However, for the playoffs, they'll air every single game.
Additionally, you can watch Sunday's game with a NFL Game Pass Pro subscription.
If you love football as much as we do, consider getting the Game Pass Pro next year. It's only £143.99 and gives you access to every single game of the 2020/21 season (subject to some blackouts) and this includes the playoffs, Super Bowl, and NFL RedZone. Game Pass Pro shows previous seasons on-demand, too. This late in the year you should already have it, though.
As a reminder, use our VPN recommendation above if you're not home. That way you can log-in to a UK or US IP address and stream the game just like you would if you were sitting on the couch at home.
How to stream the NFL Playoffs live in Canada
Each week the streaming service DAZN shows several NFL games in Canada. DAZN owns the exclusive rights to air all regular-season National Football League games in the region. However, now that the season is over and it's the playoffs, we typically can't access NFL with DAZN.
Instead, check out TSN Sports which will be airing playoff games for those in Canada. They have daily or monthly subscription options.
How to stream the NFL Playoffs live in Australia
It's the last game of the season for any losing team, so fans will definitely want to tune in. Australian fans have limited options as the year winds down. For now, the ESPN network owns rights to air NFL games but they only show certain ones each week. It's the playoffs, so hopefully, they air more than just a few of them. Sadly, that's about your only option unless you use a VPN. You can access ESPN in Australia with Kayo Sports or most Foxtel TV packages offer ESPN too. It looks like Fetch TV and 7Mate will show some of the NFL playoffs, too, so give those a look.
If you want to watch other sports, this Kayo will also let you stream Spain's La Liga and F1 racing, all for only $25 per month for a basic package or $35 a month for a premium pass. And finally, Kayo Sports is contract-free and offers a 14-day FREE TRIAL so you can try it before you buy it.
Whether you're a fan of either team or are a Packers fan like me who things now is a better time than any, tune in and enjoy this weekend, next week, and beyond until we reach the Super Bowl.
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