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The NFL playoffs officially kick off this weekend, with the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles set as the top seeds. Saturday will mark the first two of the six-round games: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers, followed by Los Angeles Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars.
The lead-up to the final week of the regular season was shrouded by the horrific incident that occured during the last game of Week 17 when Buffalo Bills’ safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest mid-game and collapsed on the field. The cancellation of the Bills-Bengals game led to a slightly modified playoff format but much of the schedule remains intact. As always, the playoffs will culminate with Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12.
Thankfully, even without cable, you don’t have to miss any of the action. The NFL games will be available to stream online on a variety of platforms such as ESPN Plus, Disney Plus, Sling TV, Fubo TV, DirecTV Stream and Hulu Plus Live TV.
Here are the best ways to stream the NFL this year, in addition to the NFL 2023 schedule:
Disney Plus, which also wraps in ESPN Plus and Hulu for only $12.99/month, may be the most affordable way to stream the NFL this year — especially if you’re already paying for separate ESPN or Hulu subscriptions.
Sling is one of the best options for affordable live streaming. You can choose between Sling Blue and Sling Orange, both half off for your first month. You can also get both for $27.5 your first month. Sling Orange has ESPN, while Sling Blue includes the NFL Network for added analysis and commentary once the season kicks off in September. Plus, NFL fans can add the Sports Extra package to their plan for an additional $11/month to gain access to NFL RedZone.
Fubo is one of the more expensive options for streaming the NFL, but it’s also the most comprehensive. The Starter Plan gets you ESPN for coverage of the Draft, in addition to more than 100 live TV channels for cable-free streaming. You’ll also have access to the NFL Network for Thursday Night Football through ESPN.
VidGo is one of the newest streaming platforms whose offerings cater towards sports fans with access to ESPN and the NFL Network. After football season is over, you can use the service to stream other tournaments, events and games on channels such as Fox Sports, ESPN 2, ESPN U, Big Ten Network and beIN Sports. Plus, VidGo also boasts live access to NFL Red Zone and the Pac 12 networks for college sports. Test out the service with a 3-day free trial today and pay $10 for your first month if you decide to keep it.
NFL 2023 Schedule:
Saturday, Jan. 14
- Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers 1:30 p.m. / 4:30 p.m.
- Los Angeles Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars. 5:15 p.m. / 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 15
- Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills. 10 a.m. / 1 p.m.
- New York Giants vs. Minnesota Vikings. 1:30 pm. / 4:30 p.m.
- Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals. 5:15 p.m. / 8:15 p.m.