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NFL 2021: How to watch 49ers vs. Rams, Chargers vs. Raiders and Week 18 without cable

NFL 2021: How to watch 49ers vs. Rams, Chargers vs. Raiders and Week 18 without cable

The NFL regular season has reached its final week, but that’s not to say meaningful football won’t be played on Sunday. Playoff and draft seeding is on the line today, with some of the more interesting matchups including an NFC West showdown between the 49ers and Rams — with the 49ers needing to win or have the Saints lose to clinch a playoff spot  — at 4:25 p.m. ET (1:25 p.m. PT) on Fox. 

The Sunday Night Football game is the other “win-and-you’re-in” game, with the victor of the Chargers and Raiders matchup clinching a playoff berth and the loser likely heading home (a tie could also send both teams through, depending on if the Colts lose to the Jaguars). That contest will air at 8:20 p.m. ET (5:20 p.m. PT) on NBC. A full breakdown of the Playoff Picture and the seeding scenarios can be found at ESPN

Here’s how to watch today’s action, as well as the rest of the NFL season, without cable.

The Los Angeles Chargers and quarterback Justin Herbert need to win Sunday to clinch a playoff berth. 


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How to stream NFL games

Major streaming providers such as YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, FuboTV and DirecTV Stream offer nearly all the major channels you will need for football. This includes CBS, NBC and Fox, as well as ESPN, which is needed for Monday Night Football. 

Sling TV offers NBC and Fox in some markets with its Blue package, but it lacks CBS. It’s also worth noting that to get ESPN you will either need to switch to its Orange package or go for its Blue and Orange bundle. 

Those who are fine with watching on phones or tablets, meanwhile, can also use the Yahoo Sports app to stream the games that are broadcast on your local stations for free or that are airing in primetime. Games that are streaming in your area can be found here

What about RedZone and the NFL Network? 

All of those services above, with the exception of DirecTV Stream, offer the option to get RedZone and the NFL Network. RedZone will usually require you to spend another $10 or $11 per month as an add-on. 

If RedZone is all you care about, the cheapest option is getting Sling TV Blue for $35 a month and adding the $11-per-month Sports Extra add-on. This gets you all the football channels with the exception of ESPN and CBS. 

What channel is the NFL Network? 

If you do have cable or satellite, here is where you can find the NFL Network on a few of the bigger providers. Note: The exact channel numbers may change depending on your area, so for best results check your channel guide. 

  • DirecTV: Channel 212
  • Dish Network: Channel 154
  • Verizon Fios: Channel 588
  • Comcast Xfinity: Channel 180
  • Charter/Spectrum: Channel 310
  • Altice/Optimum: Channel 219

What about Paramount Plus? 

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

What about Peacock? 

All of NBC’s regular-season NFL games will be available to stream on its Peacock streaming service, so long as you pay for one of its Premium subscriptions. 

There are two of these tiers, a $5-a-month Premium option that has ads (when watching nonlive content) and a $10-per-month Premium Plus option that will stream nonlive content ad-free (and let you download some content to watch offline). 

How about Amazon? 

Most Thursday Night Football games have been broadcast on Fox, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video. With the Thursday games now completed, the last remaining Amazon Prime game will be a Jan. 10 Wild Card playoff game. 

Here are our recommendations for the best ways to watch NFL without cable throughout the season.

FuboTV costs $65 a month and has all the major NFL channels with RedZone available as an $11-per-month add-on. Click here to see which local channels you get.

Read our FuboTV review.

 

Sling TV’s $35-a-month Blue plan includes NBC, Fox and the NFL Network. Enter your address here to see which local channels are available where you live. 

Note: This version of Sling TV does not include ESPN. For that, you’ll need to switch to the similarly priced Orange plan or go for the combined $50-per-month Orange and Blue bundle. RedZone is also available for an extra $11 a month.

Read our Sling TV review.

 

Hulu with Live TV costs $70 a month and includes all the major football channels, with RedZone available for an extra $10 a month. Click the “View channels in your area” link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code.

Read our Hulu with Live TV review.

 

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

Peacock will show NBC’s full slate of Sunday Night Football games. You will, however, need one of the service’s Premium plans to watch Sunday Night Football live and full-game replays, though highlights are available on the free tier. 

The ad-supported Premium plan costs $5 a month, and the ad-free Premium Plus plan costs $10 a month.

Read our Peacock review.

 

Most Thursday Night games have been available on Amazon Prime Video. For millions of Amazon Prime subscribers, the Prime Video channel is already included at no extra cost. But if you’re not a subscriber, it might be worth it to shell out the $9 a month for the stand-alone TV service fee. 

With the NFL season almost over, the last matchup for Prime users this season will be a Jan. 10 Wild Card playoff game.

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 solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our live-TV streaming services guide.