How to watch NFL conference championship playoff games live online for free—and without cable

January 30, 2022, 1:30 PM UTC

Let’s be honest. No matter how good this week’s conference championship games are, they’re going to have a hard time living up to the divisional games.

The Buffalo Bills–Kansas City Chiefs game has widely been called one of the best of all time. And in every matchup, the winner was decided in the final seconds. It was riveting. It was exciting. And it was heartbreaking for many.

Time marches on, though. And this week, the winners of those titanic battles will face each other to determine who will play in the 2022 Super Bowl.

Looking to stream this weekend’s games or not sure who’s playing when? We’ve got a look at the matchups—and several different options for viewing.

Which NFL teams are playing this week? And what channels are airing the games?

If you caught last weekend’s games, you likely know the teams. Here’s when they’re playing. (The home team is listed second.)

Saturday, Jan. 30

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 3:00 p.m. ET on CBS

San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams, 6:30 p.m. ET on Fox

How can I watch the NFL playoffs for free—even if I am out of market?

Markets don’t matter in the playoffs. The games are broadcast everywhere. But if you’ve cut the cord, the best way to watch any sort of network programming for free on a big screen is with a good HD antenna. And NFL games are one of the easiest to view, since they air on broadcast networks, meaning you’ll be able to watch even if you don’t have a cable subscription. To ensure you’re getting the most reliable signal, be sure to test the antenna in multiple locations in your home.

How can I stream the NFL playoffs live online if I don’t have a cable subscription?

There are all sorts of options:


NBC’s streaming service will give you access to Sunday night games and others aired on that network. You can get a seven-day free trial, followed by a $5 or $10 monthly charge. (The free version of Peacock does not include live sports.)


CBS’s streaming service will give you access to games aired on that network. You can get a one-month free trial, followed by a $6 monthly charge.

Hulu with Live TV

You can try the service free for a week. Once that’s up, you’ll pay $65 per month.


After a two-week trial, you can expect monthly charges of $65.

Sling TV

Dish Network’s Sling lower-tiered Orange plan will run you $35 per month. Adding the more comprehensive Blue plan bumps the cost to $50 per month. You’ll have a seven-day free trial first. And right now, the cord-cutting service is dropping the first month’s bill to $10.


Formerly known as DirecTV Now and AT&T TVNow, AT&T’s streaming service will run you $70 per month and up. There is no longer a free trial option.


Disney’s bundle of Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ can be enjoyed for free for seven days, after which you’ll pay $13.99 per month for all three combined.

Fubo TV

This sports-focused cord-cutting service carries broadcast networks in most markets. There’s a seven-day free trial, followed by monthly charges of $65 to $80, depending on the channels you choose.

Can I watch NFL playoff games on Amazon?

You can’t. Amazon carries only regular season matches. It won’t carry any more NFL programming until the 2022 season.

Does the NFL offer any viewing packages to watch the games?

A trio, actually.


The NFL App will let you stream games that are being broadcast locally in your market on Sundays. If you want to watch an “out of market” game, you’ve got two choices.

NFL Game Pass

There are couple of hitches with this service. You can’t use it to watch live games, but you can watch anything once its main broadcast ends. There’s a seven-day free trial, after which you’re looking at a $100 charge per season.

NFL Sunday Ticket

DirecTV customers have access to it, but if you’re not a subscriber and live in an area where it’s not available, you can watch any NFL game live, online or on TV for $73.49 per month or $293.36 for the entire season.

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