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How To Watch the NFL Playoffs 2024

The stakes are higher than ever! Prep for football’s biggest tournament with our guide to watching the NFL Playoffs.

You can watch NFL Playoffs action on most of the same channels that aired this season’s biggest NFL matchups—including CBS, ESPN, FOX, and NBC. If you’ve watched the playoffs before, you’ll recognize that these are the usual channels. But with streaming becoming more popular, there are more ways to tune in than ever before.

Keep reading as we break down the various options available for watching the NFL postseason. And don’t miss our How To Watch the Super Bowl guide, where we outline the specifics surrounding Super Bowl LVIII.

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What channels have the NFL Playoffs?

You can watch NFL playoff games across CBS Sports, ESPN, FOX Sports, and NBC Sports networks. The following five channels/platforms will carry every playoff game this season.

We list ESPN and ABC together because ESPN’s two playoff games will simulcast on ABC. Sometimes, ESPN2 gets in on the ESPN/ABC fun with an alternate telecast. But our favorite alt coverage comes via Nickelodeon, which hosts an NFL on Nickelodeon simulcast for one of CBS’s playoff games. Who knew football and slime went together so well?

Spanish-language channels also offer live NFL playoff coverage. If you prefer American football en Español, you can switch to ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, and UNIVERSO/Telemundo instead of ESPN/ABC, FOX, and NBC. CBS usually provides Spanish-language audio through the secondary audio programming (SAP) feature.

Pro tip: All NFL playoff games that air on NBC also stream on Peacock Premium, while all CBS games stream on Paramount+. Similarly, every playoff game airing on ESPN/ABC streams live on ESPN+.

NFL Playoffs schedule

The NFL Playoffs kick off with another Super Wild Card Weekend, starting Saturday, January 13. Below is the full playoff schedule, followed by drop-down menus featuring game times for each round. It all leads to Super Bowl LVIII this February in Paradise, Nevada.

Round Start date English channels Spanish channels
Wild Card Round Jan 13, 2024 CBS, ESPN/ABC, FOX, NBC, Peacock ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, Telemundo, UNIVERSO
Divisional Round Jan 20, 2024 CBS, ESPN/ABC, FOX, NBC ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, Telemundo, UNIVERSO
Conference Championships Jan 28, 2024 CBS, FOX Fox Deportes
Super Bowl LVIII Feb 11, 2024 CBS, Nickelodeon Univision

Data effective as of post date.

Game Day Time (ET) Channels
Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans Saturday, Jan 13 4:30 p.m. NBC, Peacock, UNIVERSO
Miami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, Jan 13 8:00 p.m. Peacock
Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills Sunday, Jan 14 1:00 p.m. CBS, Paramount+
Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan 14 4:30 p.m. FOX, Fox Deportes
Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions Sunday, Jan 14 8:00 p.m. NBC, Peacock, UNIVERSO
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, Jan 15 8:00 p.m. ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes
Game Day Time (ET) Channels
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens Saturday, Jan 20 4:30 p.m. ESPN, ABC, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers Saturday, Jan 20 8:15 p.m. FOX, Fox Deportes
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions Sunday, Jan 21 3:00 p.m. NBC, Peacock, UNIVERSO
Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills Sunday, Jan 21 6:30 p.m. CBS, Paramount+
Game Day Time (ET) Channels
Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Jan 28 3:00 p.m. CBS, Paramount+
Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan 28 6:30 p.m. FOX, Fox Deportes
Game Day Time (ET) Channels
San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Feb 11 6:30 p.m. CBS, Nickelodeon, Paramount+

Best TV plans for watching the NFL Playoffs

You don’t need to shop for a super expansive (not to mention expensive) TV plan to watch the NFL Playoffs. Apart from one wild card game on Peacock, you can catch the playoffs on ABCCBSFOX, and NBC. All four channels are accessible over the air with the proper digital antenna setup, which we explain more thoroughly in our section below on watching the NFL Playoffs for free.

If playoff channels are unavailable to you via antenna, signing up for a streaming service is the next most convenient option. YouTube TV is our favorite live TV streaming service for watching the NFL Playoffs. It has 100+ channels, including every playoff channel (except Peacock) and NFL Network for extra football coverage. You can also get ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, and Univision with YouTube TV’s Spanish Plus add-on for an extra $14.99 a month. But you’ll first need to ensure your internet is fast and reliable enough to stream NFL games.

Pro tip: Our Internet Services and Equipment guide is an excellent resource for browsing internet providers and money-saving deals. You can also visit HighSpeedInternet.com’s Internet Speed Test to verify your current internet speeds.

NFL+ (formerly NFL Game Pass) offers a cheap alternative for watching every NFL playoff game. For as low as $6.99 a month, an NFL+ subscription gives you live access to the entire postseason—even that one Peacock game—and NFL Network through the NFL mobile app. That means you can watch live games only on your phone or tablet. But hey, it beats constantly refreshing social media for score updates.

Which TV providers offer NFL playoff channels?

Most TV providers offer NFL playoff channels. To prove that, we compiled 14 popular providers in the table below and highlighted whether they carry CBS, ESPN, FOX, and NBC.

Provider Price CBS ESPN FOX NBC Details
Cox $61.00–$152.00/mo.

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DIRECTV $69.99–$159.99/mo. View plans

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DIRECTV STREAM $69.99–$159.99/mo. View plans

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DISH $84.99–$114.99/mo. View plans

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Fubo $32.99–$99.99/mo. View plans

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Hulu + Live TV $76.99–$89.99/mo. View plans

Read Hulu + Live TV review
Optimum $35.00–$125.00/mo. View plans

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Philo $25.00/mo. View plans

Read Philo review
Sling TV $40.00–$55.00/mo. ✔* ✔* View plans

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Spectrum $69.99–$74.99/mo. View plans

Read Spectrum review
Verizon Fios $69.00–$129.00/mo. View plans

Read Verizon Fios review
Vidgo $69.99–$99.99/mo. View plans

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Xfinity $20.00–$80.00/mo. View plans

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YouTube TV $72.99/mo. View plans

Read YouTube TV review

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

*Available only in select markets.

How to watch the NFL Playoffs for free

Get free local channels
Recommended antenna:
Mohu Leaf 50 ($39.99, one-time purchase)
NFL playoff channels:
ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC
Features:
All local broadcast channels

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The great thing about the NFL Playoffs is that almost every game airs nationally on the four most popular broadcast television networks. We say “almost” because of the one game that streams only on Peacock. Regardless, ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC are free to watch if you have an OTA antenna and TV within range of each channel’s nearest affiliate station.

If you don’t have an antenna, check out our Best OTA Antennas page to browse some of our favorite antennas. But before you settle on the one-time purchase, you’ll want to enter your zip code on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Reception Map Tool to see what type of antenna range you’ll need.

The Mohu Leaf 50 is a fantastic option for those who live in the suburbs. Its 60-mile range and included amplifier provide solid channel reception. But you may need something with a greater range if you live in a rural area.

Pro tip: Antenna TV is an excellent way to catch every Sunday Night Football and most Monday Night Football games during the regular season. Unfortunately, Thursday Night Football is exclusive to Amazon Prime Video.

How to watch the NFL Playoffs FAQ

Can I watch the NFL Playoffs without cable?

Yes, you can watch the NFL Playoffs on any live TV streaming service that offers CBS, ESPN/ABC, FOX, and NBC. NFL+ also provides live access to every NFL postseason game for phone and tablet users.

Which streaming service has the NFL Playoffs?

Any live TV streaming service that carries CBS, ESPN, FOX, and NBC will have almost every NFL playoff game—including Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV. However, you’ll also need Peacock to watch its one exclusive wild card matchup. Other platforms like ESPN+ and Paramount+ carry select playoff games, and mobile device users can catch the entire NFL Playoffs on NFL+.

Will the NFL Playoffs be on Amazon Prime?

No, Amazon Prime Video won’t have any NFL playoff games during the 2023–2024 season. But you can catch CBS playoff games on Prime Video by subscribing to Paramount+ through Prime Video’s add-on channels.

Will the NFL Playoffs be on Peacock?

Yes, four NFL playoff games will be on Peacock this season, including three wild card games and one Divisional Round matchup. The Saturday Night NFL Wild Card Game on January 13, 2024, will stream exclusively on Peacock at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Does NFL RedZone include the playoffs?

No, NFL RedZone isn’t on the air during the postseason. Like NFL Sunday Ticket, the channel provides coverage only on Sundays during the regular season.

Methodology

Our sports experts spent over eight hours examining the best ways to watch the NFL Playoffs. We compared the prices and channel offerings of the most popular TV services. Then, we selected our viewing recommendations based on convenience—focusing on channel availability, pricing, and ease of signing up.

Check out our How We Rank page to learn more about our methods.

Disclaimer

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

†Amazon.com price as of 1/8/24 8:45 a.m. CT. Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. CableTV.com utilizes paid Amazon links.

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