How to watch the NFC Championship game online

The NFC Championship game is scheduled for 12:05 PM PST (3:05 PM EST/ 8:05 PM GMT) on January 20. That’s not all that’s on, though: the AFC Championship begins shortly afterwards at 6:40PM PST. Want to catch all of the action from the comfort of your own home? Keep reading: below, we’ll let you know where you can watch the NFL playoffs from anywhere in the world.

Note: this article will only recommend official sources. Although unlicensed streams will almost inevitably be available, they come with several major disadvantages. First and foremost, the quality is often very poor, with low-resolution video that stutters or is delayed. Secondly, these streams are prone to being taken offline, and you may not even see the end of the game. With so many legitimate ways to watch, there’s nothing to gain by using unlicensed streams.

Many of the channels streaming this event will not work abroad. If you want to connect to your favorite streaming services abroad you will need a VPN.

Best VPN for the NFC Championship: ExpressVPN

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VPNs are an easy way to protect yourself online. They encrypt your network traffic, preventing your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and network administrators from seeing what you’re doing, but you can also use them to spoof your location and access geo-blocked services like Netflix, YouTube TV, and fuboTV abroad. We recommend ExpressVPN: it offers high speeds, strong security options, excellent unblocking ability, and access to more than 2,000 servers worldwide.

You can sign up and start browsing anonymously in a few minutes. Just choose a subscription length (one month, six months, or a year) and make a payment. ExpressVPN includes a 30-day money-back guarantee so if you’re not impressed or just needed it to watch the NFC Championship, you can cancel during this period to get your money back, no questions asked.

BEST VPN FOR THE NFL:ExpressVPN has reliable, secure, high-speed connections, as well as the ability to unblock numerous popular streaming services abroad.

How to watch the NFC Championship game abroad with a VPN

Looking to watch the NFC Championship abroad? It’s easier than you might think — just follow the steps below and you’ll be streaming in no time.

  1. Start by signing up to a suitable VPN service. We briefly mentioned (ExpressVPN) but NordVPN and CyberGhost are both strong, low-cost alternatives.
  2. Download and install the appropriate version for your device.
  3. Connect to a server in the country of the service you’d like to use. For instance, you’d need a US server to unblock YouTube TV or an Australian one for Foxtel.
  4. Try accessing a geo-locked site or service. It should load immediately but you might have to clear your cache and cookies first.

Remember: the NFC Championship will be broadcast live. This means that if your VPN doesn’t work as expected, you could miss part of the match. To prevent this, we recommend testing your service in advance with the steps above. This way, you’ll have plenty of time to contact customer support if you run into any problems.

How to stream the Saints vs. Rams live online

While watching the NFL is often considered a solely American pastime, the league actually has fans in countries all over the world. Below, we’ll explain how you can live stream the NFL playoffs no matter where you are.

USA

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Predictably, American football fans have the most options for watching the Saints vs. Rams game online. There are currently six over-the-top streaming services that offer live coverage: fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV (blue package only), PlayStation Vue, Fox Sports Go, DirecTV Now, and YouTube TV. If you’re already subscribed, you can stream both the NFC and AFC Championships at no added cost.

Don’t have any of these services? No problem — there are no long-term commitments and each of them offers a seven-day free trial (except for PlayStation Vue, which has a five-day trial instead and Fox Sports, which has no trial). Just sign up, watch the game, and cancel before your card is charged.  

If you are abroad (outside the US) you will need a use VPN, we have full details here.

UK

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There are two ways to watch if you’re in the UK. If you’re already a Sky Sports subscriber, you can stream the playoffs directly on the Sky Sports website or on the Sky Go app. If not, there’s a far less expensive, much quicker way to gain access, though: purchasing a Sky Sports pass on Now TV.

It’s worth noting that Now TV doesn’t show every NFL game, but it is broadcasting both the NFC and AFC Championships. It costs £7.99 for a day pass, but weekly and monthly passes are available if you’d like to watch other sporting content as well.

If you are abroad (outside the UK) you will need a use VPN, we have full details here.

Canada

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CTV and TSN share the right to broadcast the NFL games (including the NFC Championship) in Canada. This year, CTV will be showing the NFC Championship, and if you have a cable TV subscription, you can watch online at no added cost.Unfortunately, as CTV does not allow you to log in with any over-the-top providers, there’s no way to access this service otherwise.

Luckily, there’s another way. DAZN is showing the Saints vs. Rams game too, and only costs $20 a month. Better still, you aren’t charged for your first month, meaning you can use it to stream the NFC and AFC Championship games completely free.

If you’d prefer to watch this match with French commentary, you can sign up to RDS instead. This service costs $24.99 CAD per month, but unfortunately does not include any kind of trial period.

If you are abroad (outside Canada) you will need a use VPN, we have full details here.

France

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In France, you can stream the NFC playoff game live on beIN Sports. This service costs €15 a month and doesn’t lock you into a longterm contract. There’s also a seven-day trial, meaning you’ll be able to watch up to a week’s worth of NFL content for free. This service usually has French-language commentary for sporting events and there’s no reason to suspect the NFL playoffs will be any different.

If you are abroad (outside France) you will need a use VPN, we have full details here.

Australia

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Australian football fans can stream select NFL matches (including the NFC Championship) on Foxtel. However, if you’re not already a Foxtel customer, this method is prohibitively expensive, with a minimum 12-month commitment and the added cost of the required sports pack. Fetch customers can also watch at no added cost on ESPN.

Don’t have cable TV? In that case, you have two options: stream the game for free, without registration, on 7mate or sign up for the NFL Game Pass. This service is still relatively expensive, at $64.99 AUD but it grants unrestricted access for the entire NFL season. There is a seven-day free trial, but there’s a catch: trial accounts can’t watch events live and have to wait 72 hours for content to be added to the on-demand library.

If you are abroad (outside Australia) you will need a use VPN, we have full details here.

Which team are more likely to win?

Let’s be clear: both the LA Rams and the New Orleans Saints are exceptional teams. They’re tied at 13 wins and three losses each this season, and have similar average points scored per game (32.9 and 31.5, respectively). It’s also worth remembering that the Saints have defeated the Rams already this season, albeit narrowly, despite being billed as the underdogs.

Each of these teams is known for their rushing, so the balance may well hang on which team is able to shut down plays more effectively. The Rams have higher average yardage this season, but the Saints’ quarterback, Drew Brees, completes a far higher percentage (73.7%) of his passes than Jared Goff (53.6%), so the Saints could have an edge in this regard. Ultimately, this fixture is too close to call. One thing is certain, though: it’s sure to be an electric, memorable matchup.