How to Watch the NFL Playoffs Online for Free Today, Including the Seahawks vs. Cowboys Game

The 2019 NFL playoffs kick off this weekend, with two Wild Card round games on Saturday, January 5: Colts vs. Texans and Seahawks vs. Cowboys.

Both NFL playoff games on Saturday are expected to be close: The Wild Card betting odds indicate that the Texans and Cowboys — the home teams in both games — are favored to win, but only by a margin of 2 points or less.

The NFL playoff games this weekend are being broadcast nationally on a mix of channels: CBS, Fox, NBC, ABC, and ESPN. There are plenty of ways to watch the NFL playoffs — online or on TV — for free, and you can even live stream the NFL playoff game for free that’s airing on the pay channel ESPN (Colts vs. Texans).

Here’s all the info you need for how to watch the NFL playoffs for free in 2019.

When Do the NFL Playoff Games Start Today?

What channel are the NFL playoffs on during Wild Card weekend, and when do the games start? Here’s the NFL playoff schedule for Saturday, January 5:

• Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans, 4:35 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN
• Seattle Seahawks vs. Dallas Cowboys, 8:15 p.m. ET on Fox

And here are the NFL playoff game times for Sunday, January 6:

• Los Angeles Chargers vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1:05 p.m. ET on CBS
• Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears, 4:40 p.m. ET on NBC

If you have cable or another pay TV service that includes broadcast networks (and ESPN) in your package, it’s easy to watch the NFL games this weekend. All you need to do is find the appropriate channel and tune in. But there are also plenty of options to watch the NFL playoffs for free if you don’t have cable.

How to Watch the Seahawks vs. Cowboys Game for Free

Free, over-the-air networks have the TV broadcasts for Colts vs. Texans and Seahawks vs. Cowboys games today, as well as Chargers vs. Ravens and Eagles vs. Bears on Sunday.

You don’t need cable to watch these NFL playoff games for free on TV. All you need in most of the country is a digital antenna.

You can buy a decent HDTV antenna for around $ 25. Once it’s connected to your TV, it will function similarly to old-fashion “rabbit ears” antennas, allowing you to watch unlimited local broadcasts of major free networks, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and PBS, in hi-def.

In most of the country, viewers can tune in all the major networks with a basic digital antenna, though which broadcast TV channels you get will vary based on the strength of the antenna, where you live, and where the antenna is positioned in your home. You may have to move your antenna around a bit to see where the signal is strongest for Fox, CBS, NBC, and other local channels.

How to Live Stream the NFL Playoffs for Free

The NFL App and Yahoo Sports mobile app allow users to watch nationally broadcast NFL games on a phone (and in some cases, a tablet). That means you can use these apps to watch the 2019 NFL playoffs in their entirety — including the Colts vs. Texans game, airing on ABC and ESPN — along with the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 3.

The NFL App and Yahoo Sports app are free to download, and the NFL game live streams are free as well. Take note, however, that the free live streams are available only on smartphones and tablets. So you can’t use these apps to screencast games to your TV, or to watch the NFL playoffs on any other kind of (larger) screen, such as a laptop or smart TV. Also, in some cases, the live streams may not work when you’re connected to Wi-Fi, so you may have to use up data in order to watch NFL games on your phone.

How to Watch the NFL Playoffs Online for Free

If you’re struggling to figure out a way to watch one or more NFL playoff games online for free during Wild Card weekend, consider registering for a free trial with a streaming TV service that includes the channels you need in its packages.

How does streaming TV work? For those unfamiliar with this increasingly popular alternative to cable, streaming TV services bundle together dozens of pay channels for subscribers, very similarly to cable. However, live streaming TV subscribers watch all of their content on connected devices, rather than watching channels only on TV. Streaming TV packages generally cost less than cable, and come with fewer fees as well.

In most of the country, the streaming TV services Fubo TV, Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV include local broadcasts of channels like CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC in their packages.

Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and another service, Sling TV, also include ESPN in certain basic packages. Sling TV also comes with local NBC and Fox broadcasts in select markets. (Fubo TV, on the other hand, does not include ESPN in any streaming TV packages.)

How much does streaming TV cost? And what’s the best live streaming TV service? Sling TV is the cheapest streaming TV service that includes ESPN, starting at $ 25 per month. The other streaming TV options cited above start at about $ 40 per month. The list of channels and amenities included with each service varies widely, so it’s best to shop around and look closely at the fine print to figure out which streaming TV service is best for you.

Luckily, all streaming TV services give free trials that last about a week for new subscribers. So, if you want to watch the NFL playoffs online for free this weekend, you could sign up for a new subscription and catch all the Wild Card weekend games without paying a dime.

You’d then have the rest of the week to try out the service before being charged. Just remember that if you ultimately decide you do not want to become a paying subscriber, you must cancel before the free-trial period ends. If you miss the deadline, you’ll be charged in full for the first month.

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How to Watch the Vikings vs. Seahawks ‘Monday Night Football’ Game Online for Free

The Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks face off on “Monday Night Football” tonight. And the Vikings vs. Seahawks game is a critical one as the 2018 playoff brackets start to take shape: Both teams have winning records (the Seahawks record is 7-5, while the Vikings are 6-5-1) and have a good chance of making the playoffs if they finish the regular season strong.

The “Monday Night Football” game tonight is being played at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, and the Vikings vs. Seahawks betting odds indicate that the home team Seahawks are 3-point favorites to win. The Seahawks are scoring an average of 26.6 points per game this season, compared to just under 23 points for the Vikings. The over-under in tonight’s game is 45.5 points.

Here are all the options for how to watch the Vikings vs. Seahawks “Monday Night Football” game — online or on TV — including tips for getting a free NFL game live stream on your phone.

What Channel Is the Vikings vs. Seahawks Game on Tonight?

“Monday Night Football” TV broadcasts, including the Vikings vs. Seahawks tonight, are handled by ESPN. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.

If you have satellite or cable TV, you probably have ESPN included in your bundle of pay TV channels. All you have to do is find ESPN if you want to watch “Monday Night Football” on TV.

If you don’t have cable, there are still ways to watch the Seahawks vs. Vikings game online for free. Check out the options to live stream “Monday Night Football” for free below.

How to Live Stream the Vikings vs. Seahawks Game for Free

To live stream NFL games for free on your phone, use either the Yahoo Sports app and the NFL app. Either app provides free live streams of many NFL games, including “Monday Night Football,” even though the TV broadcast is on the pay channel ESPN.

In addition to matchups like tonight’s Vikings vs. Seahawks game, these apps let you live stream “Thursday Night Football” games (broadcast on Fox), “Sunday Night Football” (NBC), and all the NFL games normally broadcast on your local CBS and Fox stations on Sunday afternoons. While the apps are free to download and use, the live streams are available only on phones. So you can’t use them to watch NFL games on a larger screen, such as a laptop or smart TV.

How to Watch “Monday Night Football” for Free Online on a Smart TV

If you want to live stream the Vikings vs. Seahawks “Monday Night Football” game on a screen that’s larger than your phone, consider registering for a free trial of a streaming TV service that includes ESPN in its packages.

The streaming TV services Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV all include ESPN in their basic packages. The costs of these packages start at $ 25 to $ 45 per month, but they’re available to new subscribers for free for about seven days.

So, to watch tonight’s Seahawks vs. Vikings game online for free, you could register for a new subscription and live stream the game during the free-trial period. Afterwards, you would have most of a week to check out the service. Each is a little different, with different bundles of pay channels, but they are all basically the online equivalent of the traditional cable TV package — only they tend to cost less per month, and have fewer surprise fees.

Sling TV is the cheapest streaming TV service that includes ESPN in packages. But Sling TV also has fewer channels than the other services. It’s worth taking a close look at all the fine print, and what’s included with each live streaming TV service, before registering for a subscription.

Also, remember: If you ultimately decide you don’t want to become a paying subscriber, be sure to cancel your streaming TV service before the free-trial period ends.

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How to Watch the Packers vs. Seahawks ‘Thursday Night Football’ Game Online for Free Tonight

The “Thursday Night Football” game tonight should be a great matchup: Packers vs. Seahawks.

The Green Bay Packers, led by one the NFL’s greatest-ever quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers, are 4-4-1 thus far in the 2018 season. The Seattle Seahawks, led by another Super Bowl-winning quarterback in Russell Wilson, have a similar record at 4-5. Both teams are very alive in the hunt to make the playoffs, so tonight’s “Thursday Night Football” game absolutely matters.

Who is the favorite in the Packers vs. Seahawks game tonight? Well, the official betting odds indicate that the Seahawks, playing their home stadium, CenturyLink Field, have a slight edge: Seattle is a 2.5-point favorite to beat Green Bay.

If you want to know how to watch the Packers vs. Seahawks “Thursday Night Football” game — online, or on regular TV — for free, we’ve got you covered. Here are all the options.

What Channel Is the Packers vs. Seahawks Game On?

Tonight’s Packers vs. Seahawks TV broadcast is being handled by Fox, like most “Thursday Night Football” games this season. To watch, simply find your local Fox station on TV.

Most satellite or cable TV subscriptions come with Fox, as well as other major broadcast networks like CBS, ABC, and NBC. If you don’t have cable, you can still watch “Thursday Night Football” in most of the country by connecting your TV to a digital antenna.

A basic digital antenna costs about $ 25 or less, and with it you can watch Fox and other over-the-air networks for free — assuming you live close enough to receive the local signal. What’s more, modern digital antennas offer viewing in hi-def. They’re well worth the minimal investment if you don’t want to pay a monthly cable bill.

How to Live Stream the Packers vs. Seahawks Game for Free

You’ve got several options to watch the Packers vs. Seahawks game online — and yes, you can live stream it for free.

First off, as we have reported earlier this season, you can live stream NFL games for free on your phone with two apps. Not every NFL game is available for a free live stream, but you can indeed use one of the apps to watch the Packers vs. Seahawks game online on Thursday night.

Here are the details on how to live stream NFL games on your phone:

After downloading the latest versions of either the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL App, you’ll be able to live stream a host of games on your phone. Specifically, the Yahoo Sports app and NFL App let fans live stream games that are being broadcast locally in their region by networks like CBS and Fox, as well as all nationally broadcast primetime games. That includes “Sunday Night Football” on NBC, “Monday Night Football” on ESPN, and “Thursday Night Football” on the NFL Network and Fox.

Unfortunately, these apps can only be used to live stream NFL games on a phone. You can’t watch games online on a larger screen, like a laptop, tablet, or connected TV, with these apps.

However, Amazon Prime members can live stream the Packers vs. Seahawks game tonight for free on any screen they want. Log in to your Prime account, and you’ll be able to watch “Thursday Night Football” on Amazon Video.

If you are not a Prime member, you could still watch the game and test out the service during a 30-day free trial if you’re a new subscriber. It’s probably not a bad time to sign up for a free Amazon Prime subscription: Members get free two-day shipping on most Amazon purchases, a perk that could come in handy during the winter holiday shopping season. After the free trial, Amazon Prime membership generally costs $ 119 per year or $ 12.99 per month.

Yet another option to live stream “Thursday Night Football” for free is available by way of a free trial of a streaming TV service such as Fubo TV, Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, or YouTube TV. These services work similarly to cable, in that they bundle dozens of channels together for one monthly fee, and they include live streams of local channels like Fox, NBC, and ABC in most of the country.

These live streaming TV packages generally start at $ 40 to $ 45 per month, but free trials are available for new subscribers. So you could register and watch the Packers vs. Seahawks game for free tonight, and still have the rest of the week to try out the service before deciding if you want to pay. If you don’t, remember to cancel before the free trial period is over.

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