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Now that the regular season is over, there are only 14 teams remaining on the road to the 2024 Super Bowl. That road starts this weekend with the NFL Wild Card Playoff games. There are 12 teams on the schedule for this weekend’s NFL Wild Card Playoffs, with the winners advancing to the division round.
The NFL has six games scheduled starting on Jan. 13. Scroll down for details on how to watch the NFL Wild Card games online without cable and how to stream the Wild Card games online free.
How to Watch Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans
The 2024 NFL Wild Card games kick off on Saturday, Jan. 13, wit the Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans live from NRG Stadium in Houston, with a start time of 1:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. ET. This game will be broadcast on NBC and will be streamable on Peacock.
How to Watch Miami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs
Afterwards, the Miami Dolphins will battle the Kansas City Chiefs (and maybe Taylor Swift will make a surprise appearance to watch Travis Kelce in action) at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, with a start time of 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. This game is exclusive to Peacock nationwide, as part of an NFL Wild Card doubleheader on Saturday.
However, if you’re in the Miami or Kansas City metro area markets, then you can catch the game on NBC.
How to Watch Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys
The first game on Jan. 14, features Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas starting at 1:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. ET. This game will air on Fox, while cable alternatives, like DirecTV Stream, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV and Sling Blue, will have it available for streaming.
How to Watch Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions
The next game on Sunday night will feature the Los Angeles Rams playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in downtown Detroit, Michigan starting at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. This wild card game will air on NBC and will be streamable on Peacock.
How to Watch Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills
The first game on Jan. 15, pits the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York with kickoff at 1:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. ET. Broadcast network CBS will air this game on TV, while Paramount+ will stream it.
This game was originally scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 14, but was postponed to the following day due to severe weather in Western New York.
How to Watch Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cord-cutters can watch the NFL Wild Card games on any live TV streaming service that carries NBC, Fox, CBS and ABC/ESPN for Monday Night , such as DirecTV Stream, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV and others. In addition, DirecTV Stream and Fubo have free trials that you can use to live stream the NFL Wild Card games without cable.
All web-based services are accessible on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or smart TV.
Keep reading to find out how to watch the NFL Wild Card games with and without a cable subscription, including options to watch NFL games for free. Additionally, you can find where to buy last-minute tickets to the NFL Wild Card games.
How to Watch NFL Wild Card Playoff Games Without Cable
Since the games are being broadcast across NBC, CBS, Fox and ABC/ESPN for Monday Night Football, the NFL Wild Card games can also be streamed on internet-based streaming cable services, some of which even offer free trials. If you act fast and sign up before Saturday, you can watch the NFL games online for free.
Watch the NFL Wild Card games on DirecTV Stream. All of the cable alternative’s packages offer NBC, CBS, Fox and ABC/ESPN, while it includes more than 75 channels — such as AMC, Bravo, CNBC, Disney Channel and much more.
Also, the streamer has a free trial available, which only lasts for five days, but that’s more than enough time to watch the NFL playoff football games. You can either cancel or keep the service after the free trial is over, with prices starting as low as $69.99 for the entertainment package. Other plans offer over 105-150 channels, with prices ranging from $84.99 to $159.99 per month.
For a limited time, new subscribers can get a Visa gift card worth up to $200; learn more here.
Watch NBC, CBS, Fox and ABC/ESPN for the NFL Wild Card games, along with more than 170 other news, entertainment and sports channels, like the NFL Network, with a subscription to Fubo — which starts at $79.99 per month afterwards. Meanwhile, you can record over 1,000 hours of TV shows, movies, games and more. The service is available to watch on your smartphone, tablet or TV too.
Other plans include the Elite package (254 channels for $89.99 per month) and the Premier tier that comes with 298 channels, NFL RedZone, Showtime and 4K quality for $99.99 per month afterwards. The online TV streaming service offers a five-day trial for new subscribers, so you can watch the NFL Wild Card games online for free during that period.
Hulu + Live TV
You can watch all six NFL Wild Card games on NBC, CBS, Fox and ABC/ESPN with a subscription to Hulu + Live TV. The streaming service has access to more than 90 live channels — like BET, CNN, Food Network and more — starting at $76.99 per month and comes with Hulu’s entire streaming library, as well as Disney+ and ESPN+.
In addition to live TV, Hulu + Live TV lets subscribers watch originals from Hulu, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilms (Star Wars, Indiana Jones), The Muppets Studio and Pixar Animation, as well as ESPN+ for original sports programming and live sports from Formula 1 as well as the NHL, MLB and other sports leagues. It includes unlimited cloud DVR too. Unfortunately, Hulu doesn’t offer a free trial at this time.
Sling might be a good fit to watch the Browns-Texas and Rams-Lions games on NBC, the Packers-Cowboys game on Fox and Eagles-Buccaneers game on ABC for Monday Night Football — and the live TV streaming service is on sale for half off your first month. With Sling Blue, which includes NBC, Fox and ABC, you can begin watching starting at $22.50 for your first month and $45 monthly afterwards.
However, the service doesn’t include CBS for the Steelers-Bills game. Sling Blue has Bravo, Discovery Channel, NFL Network, National Geographic and other channels.
If you want to watch the Browns-Texas and Rams-Lions games on NBC, as well as Dolphins-Chiefs, these NFL Wild Card games are available to stream at home with Peacock.
Not a Peacock subscriber? You can sign up for just $5.99 per month, or $59.99 for an annual subscription for the ad-supported plan — an 18 percent savings. To go ad-free, a subscription goes for $11.99 per month, or $119.99 yearly for nearly 20 percent off an annual subscription.
Aside from NFL Wild Card Playoffs, you’ll also get access to originals like Poker Face, Bel-Air, Girls5eva and Sick; hit movies like Five Nights at Freddy’s, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Fast X, Asteroid City and Strays; live sports and entertainment from NBC Sports and WWE; and more than 50 “always-on” streaming channels.
ESPN+ including The Pat McAfee Show, 30 For 30, McEnroe’s Places, Man in the Arena: Tom Brady, Southern Hoops: A History of SEC Basketball, Deion’s Double Play and others.
Paramount+ has a livestream of the Steelers-Bills NFL Wild Card game.
Luckily, Paramount+ has a seven-day free trial, so you can try out the service before you commit.
Afterwards, you can either cancel the streaming service altogether or you can keep watching Paramount+ for $5.99 per month for the basic ad-supported Essential plan. If you want to go ad-free, the Premium Plus package is $11.99 per month and includes Showtime at no extra cost. Save 16 percent on your Paramount+ subscription when you sign up for an annual package ($60 or $120 per year, respectively).
Subscriptions come with access to thousands of hours of movies and TV series, including Sonic the Hedgehog 2, South Park: The Streaming Wars, the entire Star Trek franchise, Yellowstone prequel show 1883 and more.
NFL+ is the NFL’s own streaming service. It gets you the most comprehensive coverage online. Starting at $6.99 per month (or $49.99 per year), the service offers live out-of-market preseason games, live local and primetime regular season and postseason games — including playoff games, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl — local and national radio game broadcasts, the NFL Network and the NFL Films archive.
If you want more NFL action, NFL+ Premium has everything NFL+ offers, but also full game replays, condensed game replays, coaches’ films and NFL Red Zone for $14.99 per month (or $99.99 per year).
Please note: NFL games are only accessible on smartphones and tablets and not available on smart TVs.
How to Watch the NFL Wild Card Playoff Games on TV
This year, the NFL Wild Card games will be broadcast on NBC, CBS, Fox and ABC/ESPN for Monday Night Football. You can watch through your cable TV provider or livestream them online on NBCSports.com, CBSSports.com, FoxSports.com and ABC.com or ESPN.com with your cable TV account login.
How to Watch NFL Wild Card Playoff Games Outside of the U.S.
Outside of the U.S.? You can still stream the NFL Wild Card playoff games on any of the streaming services above when paired with ExpressVPN. It’s a virtual private network that lets you legally access U.S. web servers — even if you’re in another country — to stream on a smart TV, smartphone, tablet and laptop. Learn more about ExpressVPN here.
Where to Buy NFL Wild Card Playoff Games Tickets Online
Want to catch all of the NFL action in person? Ahead, you’ll find tickets for the NFL Wild Card games. Ticket prices vary, depending on the city and where you’d like to sit in the stadium at Ticketmaster, VividSeats, StubHub, Ticket Liquidator, GameTime and Ticket Network.
One of the best deals on NFL tickets can be found at SeatGeek; use THR‘s exclusive promo code HOLLYWOOD10 to save $10 off eligible purchases of $250 and up. Click here for last-minute tickets to the NFL Wild Card playoff games.