How to watch the Patriots play the Steelers live

Are you ready for some football? Here's how to make sure you don't miss any of the action.

Jason Cipriani
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New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady drops back to pass.

There are many ways to watch tonight's NFL game, some of which are free of any costs.

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The New England Patriots will face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game this Sunday, January 22 starting at 3:40 pm PT/6:40 pm ET on CBS . You have a few different options if you want to catch the play-by-play live.

The easiest option is to get an HDTV antenna and hook it up to your television. Not only will you gain access to CBS, but you will gain local programming available in your area. We have a roundup of inexpensive indoor antennas you can view here.

Online, you have a few choices:

Watch at cbssports.com for free: If you have a computer (Windows, Mac or otherwise), you can watch the game in a standard web browser.

Watch on CBS All Access: As of December 4, 2016, the CBS online streaming service shows NFL games live. There's a monthly charge for CBS All Access, but first time users are eligible for a one-week free trial. You can sign up for CBS All Access here. After signing up, download the CBS app on your mobile device, Xbox, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV or Playstation 4. But there's a caveat for mobile phone users...

Watch via Verizon's NFL app: Big Red still holds exclusive rights for mobile streaming of NFL games. That means the CBS live streams are blacked out on all mobile devices from other carriers. But Verizon users can stream the game to their phones via the NFL Mobile app. (No charge to Verizon users above and beyond their standard monthly bill and applicable data fees.)

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