As the NFL reaches the closing chapters of its 100th season there have been plenty of surprises. The Chiefs, Packers and 49ers were expected to compete for this year's Super Bowl but few could have predicted the improbable run of the Tennessee Titans. Yet, as Championship Sunday arrives, here they are.
After a wild divisional round saw Derrick Henry and those Titans beat MVP candidate Lamar Jackson and the Ravens on Saturday, followed by Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs rallying from a 24-0 hole to beat the Texans on Sunday, the two teams will meet in Kansas City on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. CT (3:05 p.m. ET) on CBS to play for the AFC Championship. A Chiefs win will see Andy Reid return to the Super Bowl while a Titans win will keep that team's magical run -- and head coach Mike Vrabel's bizarre preseason promise -- alive.
On the NFC side, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers head to the Bay Area to take on Jimmy G and the 49ers. The Pack enter the game having held off a late Seahawks rally to advance last weekend, while the 49ers' impressive defense was on full display against the Vikings. The NFC title game will start 3:40 p.m. PT (6:40 p.m. ET) on Fox.
There are just two weeks left of meaningful football this season. Here's how you can watch all of it without cable -- as well as the Super Bowl on Feb. 2.
How can I watch the AFC and NFC championships on TV?
FuboTV, or , so they're the best bet for cord cutters who don't want to use an . The catch is that not every service carries every local network, so check each one using the links below to make sure it includes the channels you need for the games you want to watch.can stream both games with a , namely ,
In the case of the AFC Championship, you'll need to make sure CBS is offered in your area. For the NFC title game and the Super Bowl in February you will need to make sure you have a service that offers Fox. (Note: CNET is a division of ViacomCBS.)
There are also two other live TV services, Sling TV and CBS All Access, that each carry only one of those two networks. Subscribing to either one (or both) provides a cheaper option. See below for details.
Other stuff to know about live TV streaming services:
- You'll need a .
- You can watch any of them on TV as long as your smart TV has the service's app. You can also watch on your TV using a media streamer such as a Roku, , or .
- You can also watch on phones, tablets and computer browsers. , Android
- You can sign up and cancel anytime, no contract required.
- All of them offer free trial periods, so you can sign up to watch and then cancel.
YouTube TV costs $50 a month and includes CBS and Fox.
Hulu with Live TV costs $55 a month and includes CBS and Fox.
FuboTV costs $55 a month and includes CBS and Fox.
Click here to see what local networks it offers in your area.
AT&T TV Now costs $65 per month and includes CBS and Fox.
Mix and match NFC and AFC with two cheaper services
All four of the live TV services above carry both CBS and Fox, allowing you to watch both games live. But what of you only care about one of the games? The two services below are cheaper and allow you to watch one or the other game live.
Or you could subscribe to both services separately to watch both games. It means jugging two apps but the combined cost is still less than any of the services above. Once again, however, you'll need to make sure the service carries the network you want in your city.
At $30 per month Sling TV's Blue plan might let you watch the NFC Championship and the Super Bowl, because it includes Fox. It won't let you watch the AFC Championship on CBS, however, because it doesn't include that network.
We say "might" because Sling Blue's live Fox feed is only available in a few select cities -- so if you're a Blue subscriber who doesn't live in one of those cities, you can't watch the games (or anything else) live on Fox.
CBS All Access costs $6 a month and lets you watch the AFC Championship game live in any of the 206 cities where it provides access to CBS' local channel. It makes for a good add-on for Sling TV subscribers, who don't get CBS.
Click here to see where CBS is available on CBS All Access.
Stream games for free on your phone with the Yahoo app
If you're looking to watch for free, and don't mind watching on your phone, Yahoo will also be streaming both games on its Yahoo and Yahoo Sports apps.
In previous years, only Verizon Wireless subscribers could livestream games on their phones with the NFL Mobile app. Now, anyone can get a live NFL stream on a phone regardless of carrier with the Yahoo or Yahoo Sports apps.
Originally published last year. Regularly updated with the latest game details.