NFL Super Wild Card Weekend: Schedule, How to Watch Raiders vs. Bengals, Patriots vs. Bills today
The NFL Playoffs are finally here following a 17-week regular season, with 14 teams in the mix for each conference. The Green Bay Packers in the NFC and the Tennessee Titans in the AFC have a first-round bye, but the other 12 teams will put their Super Bowl hopes on the line this weekend.
Football fans are being able to watch the NFL playoff games on a regular basis, as well as cheap services, like NBC and CBS games, as well as premium like and stream every game. Keep reading to see the matches and how to watch them this weekend and throughout the playoffs.
In their first game of the NFL's Super Wild Card Weekend, Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals host the Las Vegas Raiders.
Seedings for the NFL Playoff
Each conference has four division winners, one Wild Card team.
Packers (13-4): NFC North division winner3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4): NFC South division winner4. Dallas Cowboys (12-5): NFC East division winner4. Arizona Cardinals (10-7): Wild Card berth6. Philadelphia Eagles (9-8): Wild Card berth6
Tennessee Titans (12-5): AFC South division winner2. Kansas City Chiefs (12-5): AFC East division winner4. Buffalo Bills (12-7): AFC North division winner5. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1): Wild Card berth6
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Matchups and schedule for Super Wild Card Weekend are being held.
The three major television networks that broadcast NFL games during the regular season -- CBS, NBC, and Fox -- will each show at least one playoff game, and the Monday night game will be on ESPN. You can watch an alternate, kid-friendly broadcast of the second game on Sunday on Peacock, Paramount Plus, Prime Video, and ESPN Plus.
- Raiders at Bengals: 4:30 p.m. on NBC and Peacock
- Patriots at Bills: 8:15 p.m. on CBS and Paramount Plus
- Eagles at Buccaneers: 1 p.m. on Fox
- 49ers at Cowboys: 4:30 p.m. on CBS, Paramount Plus, Nickelodeon and Amazon Prime Video
- Steelers at Chiefs: 8:15 p.m. on NBC and Peacock
- Cardinals at Rams: 8:15 p.m. on ABC, ESPN and ESPN Plus
How to Watch Super Wild Card Weekend
The following weekend, major streaming providers, including YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, FuboTV, and DirecTV Stream, are offering almost all the required channels for football. CBS, NBC, Fox, and ABC are also offering services.
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.
You can also stream all six games on Super Wild Card Weekend if you're fine with watching on your phone or tablet.
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What do I need to know about Peacock?
All of NBC's NFL Playoff games -- including the Super Bowl on February 13 -- will be available for streaming 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 viewing nonlive content), and a $10-per-month Premium Plus option that will stream nonlive content ad-free (and allow you to download some content to watch offline).
Is Paramount Plus a Difference?
In many markets, Paramount Plus offers live CBS feeds with its Premium tier for $10 per month. Depending on your location, however, your local CBS station (and those NFL games) might not be available.
And Prime Video?
On Sunday, Amazon Prime Video will show one NFL Playoff game - the 49ers-Cowboys game.
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ESPN's standalone streaming service will feature a two-game playoff game -- the Monday night game between the Rams and the Cardinals.
Best practices to stream Super Wild Card Weekend
Here are our suggestions for the best ways to watch the NFL Playoffs without cable.
Peacock's games will be shown in the NFL Playoffs, including the Super Bowl on February 13. You'll need one of the service's Premium plans to watch the games on the free tier, though highlights are available on the free tier. The ad-supported Premium plan costs $5 a month, and the ad-free Premium plan costs $10 a month. Note that the $10 option applies only to on-demand content.
Then you can get one of these streaming services on Paramount Plus, a $10-per-month Premium level.
The price of a YouTube TV is $65 per month and includes all the channels that you need to watch every NFL Playoff game. Plug in your ZIP code on its to see which local networks are available in your area
FuboTV costs $65 a month and has all the NFL channels it needs to watch every playoff game.
Hulu with Live TV costs $70 a month and includes all the required football channels. Click the "View channels in your area" link on its to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code.
DirecTV Stream's basic $70-a-month package includes all the major football channels. You can use it to see which local channels are available wherever you live.
The $35-a-month Blue plan by Sling TV includes NBC and Fox, but only in a handful of markets. Enter your address to see if those local channels are available wherever 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.
millions of Amazon Prime subscribers benefit from this free streaming platform. It's currently in beta for $9 a month. Prime Video is also available on the market during the regular season, allowing them to stream games on Thursday nights and with one game left on its schedule -- the 49ers and Cowboys on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET
ESPN Plus is priced at $6 per month or $60 per year and will be presented on Monday night between the Rams and the Cardinals. You can also get ESPN Plus as part of the Disney bundle that also includes Disney Plus and Hulu for $8 per month or $80 per year.
All of the live TV streaming services above are free (except Peacock, which has a free tier that doesn't stream live NFL games), but you may cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection.