How to watch or stream the Divisional Round Playoffs of the NFL’s 2023 season football live online free without cable

You really can’t get more condensed NFL action into one weekend than the divisional round of the playoffs.

Sure, the Super Bowl is the one that counts and the conference championships have a real draw to them, but the hunger in this week’s four games are guaranteed to make them ones you won’t want to miss—and leading the pack is Sunday night’s matchup of the Bills and Chiefs, a game some onlookers predict could be the best battle of the 2023-2024 season.

Here’s how best to catch it all.

Which NFL teams are playing this week? And what channels are airing the games?

Here’s who’s playing where and when this week. (The home team is listed second.)

Saturday, Jan 20

Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens, 4:30 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN

Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers, 8:15 p.m. ET on Fox

Sunday, Jan 21

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions, 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills, 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS

How can I watch NFL games for free—even if I am out of market?

All of this week’s NFL playoff games can be watched without a cable subscription—and without a streaming subscription, after last week’s Peacock exclusive. The best way to do that (and watch any sort of network programming) for free on a big screen is with a good HD antenna. To ensure you’re getting the most reliable signal, be sure to test the antenna in multiple locations in your home.

Can I stream NFL games live online if I don’t have a cable subscription?

It’s not essential, but you certainly can.


NBC’s streaming service will give you access to Sunday’s day game. You can get a seven-day free trial, followed by a $6 or $12 monthly charge. (The free version of Peacock does not include live sports.)


Disney’s bundle of Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ no longer has a free trial, so you’ll have to pay $15 per month for all three combined (or $25 per month for no ads on Hulu).

Including Live TV in the bundle bumps the price to $77 per month ($90 with no ads).

Hulu with Live TV

The free trial on this service is no longer offered, as well. It will now cost you $77 per month.


After up to a two-week trial, you can expect monthly charges of $73. YouTube is also now the home of Sunday Ticket.

Sling TV

Dish Network’s Sling lower-tiered “Orange” plan will run you $40 per month. Adding the more comprehensive “Blue” plan bumps the cost to $55 per month. The seven-day free trial has disappeared, but the cord-cutting service is offering 50% off of the first month’s bill.

DirecTV Stream

Formerly known as DirecTV Now, AT&T TVNow and AT&T TV, this oft-renamed streaming service will run you $75 per month and up after the free trial option.

Fubo TV

This sports-focused cord-cutting service carries broadcast networks in most markets. There’s a seven-day free trial, followed by monthly charges of $75 and up, depending on the channels you choose.

Can I watch the NFL games on Amazon?

Not during the playoffs. Prime Video subscribers will be able to watch again next season on Thursdays.

Does the NFL offer any viewing packages to watch the games I want?

Three, in fact…


The NFL App will let you stream games that are being broadcast locally in your market on Sundays. If you want to watch an “out of market” game, you’ve got two choices.


Watch live local and out of market games and (with the premium subscription) replays. There’s a seven-day free trial, after which you’re looking at a charge of $6.99 per month (including NFL Network). ($14.99 per month for premium, which includes NFL Network and RedZone.)

NFL Sunday Ticket

As mentioned above, YouTube has taken over broadcast duties for this channel, replacing DirecTV. With the current offered discounts, prices on the service (and the optional NFL Red Zone) currently range from $300 to $439 for the season.

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