NFL Playoffs: How to watch Rams vs Bucs on NBC, Bills vs Chiefs on CBS without cable

Last week’s Super Wild Card weekend reduced the number of Super Bowl contenders to eight teams. On Saturday, that number dropped even further, with the Bengals knocking out the Titans and the 49ers knocking out the Packers.

Two more games are scheduled for Sunday. The first will be Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Los Angeles Rams. Sunday’s Game 2 looks set to be the best game of the weekend — if not the entire playoffs — when Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills, fresh from their dominating win over the New England Patriots, head to Arrowhead Stadium. to play Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City’s top-flight chiefs.

Here’s the schedule for the day (all times ET):


  • Rams at Buccaneers, 3 p.m. on NBC and Peacock
  • Bills at Chiefs, 6:30 p.m. on CBS and Paramount Plus

The good news for football fans who cut tv cable cord is that it’s easier than ever to stream NFL playoff games live. This year, inexpensive services, namely peacock and Paramount More, offer NBC and CBS games, while premium live tv streaming services Like YouTube television and Hulu with Live TV also stream every game. Here’s how you can catch all the NFL playoff action.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will look to return to the AFC Championship Game with a win on Sunday.

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How to watch the NFL playoffs

Major streaming providers like YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, FuboTV, and DirecTV Stream offer almost all the major channels you’ll need for the rest of the playoffs: CBS, NBC, and Fox.

Sling TV offers NBC and Fox in some markets with its Blue package, but it lacks CBS.

If you’re fine with watching on your phone or tablet, you can use the Yahoo Sports app to stream all the action.

What should I know about Peacock?

All of NBC’s NFL Playoff games — including the Super Bowl on Feb. 13 — will be available to stream on its Peacock streaming service, as long as you pay for one of its Premium subscriptions.

There are two such tiers, a $5 per month Premium option which contains ads (when watching non-live content) and a $10 per month Premium Plus option which will stream non-live content without ads (and will allow you to download content to watch offline).

How about Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus offers live CBS streams with its Premium tier for $10 per month. Depending on where you live, however, your local CBS station (and those NFL games) may not be available. CBS offers live streaming services in many markets; you can check if your area has live CBS streaming here.

Best options to stream the NFL playoffs

Here are our recommendations on the best ways to watch the NFL playoffs without cable.

YouTube TV costs $65 per month and includes all the channels needed to watch every NFL Playoff game. Plug your zip code into its home page to see what local networks are available in your area.

Read our YouTube TV review.

FuboTV costs $65 per month and has all the NFL channels needed to watch every playoff game. Click here to see which local channels you get.

Read our FuboTV review.

Hulu with Live TV costs $70 per month and includes all the necessary football channels. Click the “See channels in your area” link on its homepage to see which local channels are offered in your postcode.

Read our Hulu review with Live TV.

Sling TV’s $35-a-month Blue package includes NBC and Fox, but only in a handful of markets. Enter your address here to see if these local channels are available where you live. Sling does not offer CBS with any of its plans.

Read our Sling TV review.

Peacock will broadcast NBC games during the NFL playoffs, including the Super Bowl on February 13. You’ll need one of the service’s Premium plans to watch live matches and full replays, though, though highlights are available on the free tier. The ad-supported Premium plan costs $5 per month and the ad-free Premium Plus plan costs $10 per month. Note that you’ll still have to watch ads during live football with the $10 package; ad-free only applies to on-demand content.

Read our Peacock review.

Those looking for CBS games will be able to stream them on Paramount Plus with its Essentials tier at $5 per month or Premium at $10 per month. You can check for yourself if your area offers CBS live streaming here.

Read our Paramount Plus review.

All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials (except Peacock, which just has a free tier that doesn’t stream live NFL games), allow you to cancel anytime, and require a strong internet connection. Looking for more information? Discover our guide to live tv streaming services.

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