How to stream the NFL playoffs with a VPN

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How to stream the NFL playoffs with a VPN

Whether you’re looking to find the best way to watch the NFL playoffs on NFL Game Pass with your Apple TV or Android TV, or test cord-cutting services that include NFL action, you’ve come to the right place.

On this page you’ll find information on how to securely watch the NFL playoffs with a VPN, analyses and predictions for upcoming games, and ongoing odds for the best bet to win the Super Bowl.

Get NFL Game Pass International and stream the NFL Playoffs live without blackouts 

If you’re looking to catch every game of the NFL playoffs, but don’t have a U.S. cable subscription, NFL Game Pass is your best option.

You can access NFL Game Pass worldwide, but the U.S. version does not allow live streaming of games. Some games are blacked out in parts of Europe as well. Only users who sign up for Game Pass from a non-U.S. and non-Europe location will have live-streaming access to every game, everywhere. Prices vary by region.

To access NFL Game Pass with a VPN:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a non-U.S. location where all games are available. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Go to NFL Game Pass and sign up.
  4. Sit back and enjoy!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

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NFL blackouts: International Game Pass vs. U.S. Game Pass

What’s the difference between watching NFL Game Pass in Germany, Australia, Canada, or the U.S.? NFL Game Pass is available both inside and outside the States. However, there are key differences every fan needs to know:

The U.S. NFL Game Pass does not offer live streaming of regular-season or postseason games. It provides streams of out-of-market preseason games, on-demand replays of every regular-season game, and the NFL Films archive. There are no blackouts of regular-season games (because none are shown live at all). A seven-day free trial is available.
In most other markets, such as Mexico and most EU countries, the international NFL Game Pass offers all 256 regular-season games plus the NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl. Users trying to watch the NFL in the UK or Ireland are subject to blackouts on some games, and for viewers who want to stream the NFL in Canada, Game Pass is available exclusively through DAZN.

Most international Game Pass subscribers get access to NFL RedZone, the NFL Network, and all NFL Films programming. There’s a seven-day free trial available.

Stream the NFL playoffs on services with free trials

One way to get your NFL fix is to explore cord-cutting services that have free trials. These services allow you to explore what works for you without making a financial commitment.

Stream games live on DAZN Canada

Price: 20 CAD/month or 150 CAD/year

You can tune in to the 2021-22 NFL season live on DAZN.

You may need to provide a valid Canadian credit/debit card and postal code (e.g., G1X 2W1, V9N 9C5). If you don’t have a Canadian bank account, you can subscribe via PayPal, Apple in-app purchase, or (pre-paid) gift card. A 30-day free trial is available for DAZN.

To watch the NFL live on DAZN:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in Canada.
  3. Go to DAZN Canada and sign up.
  4. Tune in and enjoy!

Learn more about watching DAZN with ExpressVPN.

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

Watching on mobile? Fire up the DAZN app on your Android or iOS device.

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

Watch the games live on Sling TV

Price: 35 USD/month

Channels: ESPN, Fox, and NBC

Sling TV provides access to every channel that carries NFL games. A three-day free trial is available.

To watch the NFL live on Sling TV:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the United States, such as Los Angeles. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Go to Sling TV and sign up for Sling Orange and Blue.
  4. Tune in and enjoy!

Learn more about watching Sling TV with ExpressVPN.

Note: In order to get Sling TV’s free trial you must use the Sling TV app as opposed to signing up on the website

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

Stream the NFL on fuboTV

Price: 65 USD/month

Channels: CBS, Fox, and NBC

How about another way to catch NFL games? Use the seven-day free trial on fuboTV to watch more football and other sports like MLB and the NHL!

To stream live NFL games with fuboTV:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the United States, such as Chicago. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Sign up on fuboTV.
  4. Tune in and enjoy!

Note: You will need a U.S. credit/debit card to subscribe. The billing address used may determine which local channels are available, and you may be unable to change your location.

Learn more about watching fuboTV with ExpressVPN.

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

Live stream on Hulu + Live TV

Price: 65 USD/month and up

Channels: CBS, ESPN, Fox, and NBC

Hulu+Live TV is another way to catch live NFL games and offers a seven-day free trial available. Games shown are subject to regional availability and blackout restrictions. You may need to supply a valid U.S. postal code (e.g., 10012, 48104) and credit card.

To watch live NFL games with Hulu + Live TV:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the United States, such as Chicago. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Go to Hulu and select a plan.
  4. Tune in to the action!

Learn more about watching Hulu with ExpressVPN.

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

Watch on YouTube TV

Price: 65 USD/month and up

Channels: Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN

YouTube offers a variety of channels that carry NFL games and the subscription costs 65 USD/month. You may need to submit a U.S. zip code (e.g., 10022, 48104, etc.). If you don’t feel like committing to YouTube TV, use the five-day free trial.

To watch:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Visit YouTube TV and sign up
  4. Stream the games live!

Note: You may need a valid U.S. credit/debit card or PayPal to subscribe to YouTube TV. You can still subscribe to YouTube TV via Google Play, even if you don’t have a U.S. credit/debit card.

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

Learn more about watching YouTube TV with ExpressVPN.

NFL streaming options for special circumstances

There are a few options that won’t give you access to all the games, but could fit your needs.

Stream on Paramount+

Price: 5 USD/month

Channels: CBS

Paramount+ has an ‘Essential’ package that offers a variety of local CBS channels that carry NFL playoff games and the subscription costs 5 USD/month. If you don’t feel like committing to Paramount+ or only want to watch a specific game, there’s a seven-day free trial.

To watch:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S. that matches one of the teams in the game
  3. Visit Paramount+ and sign up
  4. On game day visit Paramount+ and find the games under ‘Live TV’
  5. Enjoy the games!

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

Tune in on Peacock

Price: 5 USD/month

Using Peacock you can watch games carried by NBC and it costs 5 USD/month.

To watch:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Visit Peacock and sign up.
  4. Sign in to Peacock on Sundays to watch the games!

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

More Game Pass Information

If you’re looking for more information before committing to a Game Pass subscription, here are some answers to some of the questions you may have:

Is NFL Game Pass UK the same as International Game Pass?

In a word, no. Regional broadcasting rights in the UK and the Republic of Ireland mean certain games are subject to blackout restrictions.

This applies even if a subscriber from the UK or Ireland is in another part of the EU. Existing EU Portability Regulations require UK and Ireland blackout restrictions to apply no matter where in the EU the subscriber is.

Can I watch NFL Game Pass in Europe?

EU viewers who subscribe to NFL Game Pass from most locations other than the UK or Ireland should have access to all games live, although limited blackouts may apply if such users try to watch from the UK or Ireland.

Where is the cheapest location to get NFL International Game Pass?

NFL international Game Pass prices vary from region to region, but South American locations tend to offer the lowest prices, which can get as low as 75 USD for the season. For information about specific countries, contact ExpressVPN Support.

Subscription refunds are valid up to seven days from the purchase date. Free trial refunds are valid up to three days after the trial ends. More details can be found on the NFL Digital Care site.

Which devices can I watch International NFL Game Pass on?

NFL Game Pass works on the following devices. To set up ExpressVPN on your device, follow the corresponding link below:

How to solve NFL Game Pass International streaming problems

Don’t let a troublesome connection knock you out of bounds! If you encounter any issues while streaming the NFL, contact ExpressVPN Support for immediate assistance.

NFL playoff schedule

TeamsTime (ET)Broadcaster
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals3:00CBS
Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers6:30Fox

Conference Championship games

Below are the playoff games on the schedule for the Conference Championship round (all times ET):

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals — Sunday, January 30, 2022, 3:00 p.m.

Coming off an absolutely thrilling win over the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round, it’s hard to imagine the Chiefs falling to a Bengals team that isn’t as strong, but an upset can’t be ruled out. Cincinnati eked out a 34-31 win over Kansas City in Week 17 and is one of the few squads with the offensive firepower to keep up with Patrick Mahomes. One x-factor in the Bengals’ favor is rookie kicking sensation Evan McPherson, who has shown a knack for nailing long field goals in clutch situations. Whoever comes out on top, this game should be a fun one featuring a quarterback duel we could be seeing in the AFC playoffs for years to come.

Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers — Sunday, January 30, 2022, 6:30 p.m.

On paper the Rams look like clear favorites. Los Angeles has a quarterback advantage, a superior pass rush, a better group of receivers, and more stars in its secondary. All of that said, prognosticators have been underestimating the 49ers for a while now. They’re extremely difficult to play against thanks to their exotic and punishing running game—plus a defense that just silenced Aaron Rodgers on his home field. San Francisco also has two of the most dynamic playmakers in the league in Deebo Samuel and George Kittle, and a play-calling maestro in Kyle Shanahan. The 49ers have also beaten the Rams six consecutive times since the beginning of the 2019 season, making them an extremely dangerous underdog in this matchup.

Who’s going to win the Super Bowl?

After vanquishing the dynamic Bills and watching other favorites like the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers fall by the wayside, the Chiefs are the clear favorite to bring home the title. Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, and a deep stable of running backs give them an offense that is virtually unstoppable with unmatched quick-strike ability. Kansas City’s defense has also improved throughout the season and become a solid group with the ability to get after opposing quarterbacks.

Of the remaining squads, the Rams have the most talented roster from top to bottom and Matt Stafford just proved he could win a big playoff game by disposing of Tom Brady’s Buccaneers in the divisional round. The combination of Aaron Donald and Von Miller allows Los Angeles to make life extremely difficult for any offense that faces them, and Jalen Ramsey lurks in the secondary to benefit from the rushed throws that duo forces.

The 49ers and Bengals weren’t expected to get this far, but it doesn’t mean they’re incapable of lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy. San Francisco has an extremely creative—if somewhat limited—offense and a defense that just ate the reigning MVP’s lunch at Lambeau Field. The Bengals will need to put up massive scoring totals to hang with their opponents from here on out, but they might just be able to do so behind Joe Burrow and stars at the offensive skill positions like Ja’Marr Chase, Joe Mixon, and Tee Higgins.

Here are the championship probabilities as calculated by FiveThirtyEight:

TeamChampionship Probability
Kansas City Chiefs47%
Los Angeles Rams32%
San Francisco 49ers14%
Cincinnati Bengals7%

What are the key dates for the 2021-2022 NFL season?

NFL 2021 season dates
NameDateLocation
NFL DraftApril 29 — May 1, 2021Cleveland, Ohio
Regular seasonSeptember 9, 2021 – January 9, 2022U.S.
PlayoffsStart date: January 15, 2022U.S.
Pro BowlFebruary 6, 2022Paradise, Nevada
Super Bowl LVFebruary 13, 2022Los Angeles, California

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Comments

  1. Since there wasn’t a single mention of the Steelers in the above recap of week 1 (they are from Pittsburgh For any newcomers in the house) it seems reasonable to not mention them, I suppose. They won a tough game in Buffalo against the Bills and have, arguably, the toughest schedule in nthe NFL this season. I just want to go on record as suggesting you ain’t seen nothing yet. Just sayin’.

  2. I’ve always loved the game of football itself, but never ever liked the NFL as an organization.
    I have a hard time wrapping my head around & understanding the logic behind letting international customers watch most of the games live but not here in the US where the frigging game originated!
    I tell ya it’s unamerican & the NFL should be held accountable!
    Think I’ll start a movement to call out the NFL for treating US citizens this way, cause if it wasn’t for us fans here in the US the NFL wouldn’t exist!

  3. Hi!

    I signed on yesterday and tried to get DAZN Canada, but unfortunately it didn’t work as it showed me an error when trying to sign in to DAZN. I looked up the error online on reddit and someone suggested trying from Vancouver but that didn’t work.
    I tried going to the NFL game pass mexico site but it appeared to be blocked.

    Has Dazn/NFL blocked Express VPN? if not, are there other ways for me to work this out?

    Thanks,

  4. Increase the volume up on the sportcasters that are calling the Packers vs. Vikings game. On TV, the (faux) volume of the stand fans/white noise is louder thus we can’t clearly hear the calls. Thank you.

  5. I have expressvpn. I connected to Thailand and went to gamepass and started a trail for their top tier package. But whenever i go to watch the videos it just sits ad loading with the dots.

    I’ve cleared my browser cookies and histrory, I’ve downloaded the browser extension, I tried both chrome and firefox, i updated flash…but still no go….Can you help me figure this out?

  6. hello, please help, i live in PA and i would like to watch my favorite team the atlanta falcons all year long including pre-season games. The only games that ever show in my area are the dam eagles and giants, what do i need to do to watch my falcons live??

    1. Hi Brent,

      Try watching through the international version of NFL Game Pass. Simply connect to a non-U.S. location (you can get further advice by contacting Support: https://www.expressvpn.com/support/#open-chat) and purchase the Game Pass. This will give you access to every Falcons game, including the preseason and postseason, all the way up to the Super Bowl.

      How are you feeling about the season? We’re expecting a bounce-back campaign for Atlanta after last year!

  7. I just moved from NY to Florida and want to stream and watch my NY Jets football games on my tv not a mobile device. I do not want to get satelite service just to get nfl sunday ticket. Do you have a solution that will work for me that is not too complicated? i have very good internet speeds
    Thanks

  8. Hello, I was bombed by NFL Game Pass that I can no longer get Game Pass in 2019 from Panama Central America where I live. I cover the Miami Dolphins for a living, so this puts me in a bind. I used the coaches cam on Game Pass regularly, so getting access to it , and the games is paramount to me smiling again. How can I get my former access back through your VPN? Just purchase, download, and then resign up for Game Pass? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Michael,

      Please try connecting to a U.S. server location and logging into your account. Domestic versions of NFL Game Pass include the All-22 Coaches Film. This feature may not be available to certain versions of the international Game Pass.

  9. I live in Williamsburg, VA. I have Direct TV. I want to see the Atlanta Falcons (in real time) but I am blocked except for regularly scheduled nationally televised games, how can I get around this block?

    1. Hi Susan,

      If you’re watching in a web browser, please first connect to the VPN and make sure you have the ExpressVPN browser extension (https://www.expressvpn.com/support/vpn-setup/expressvpn-browser-extension/) activated. If you’re watching on a mobile device, please make sure you’re connected to the VPN and allow location access if prompted.

      For further assistance, please contact the Support team at https://www.expressvpn.com/support/#open-chat

    1. Hi Luke,

      Did you purchase the U.S. Game Pass or the international Game Pass?

      If you’re using the international Game Pass, you should have no problem watching the games. Please try connecting to a non-U.S. VPN location before watching one of the games.

      If you bought the U.S. Game Pass, you won’t be able to watch any of the games live. However, you can use Sling or any of the other services mentioned above. They all come with a free trial.

  10. Youtube will allow three changes of address then you just erase your account and sign in again and you will get three more address changes This is the way I received the NFL this year. I now better ways now! thanks for the ideas

  11. My husband is an avid Steelers fan. We live in Virginia so are subjected to plenty of blackouts on the season games. We have a full cable package on Comcast so are not limited by that source. We don’t have a smart TV but do have Samsung S9 phones on Verizon. What is our best option to see the games live?

      1. Quick Question — Once I sign up for the International Game Pass, do I need to VPN everytime I want to use it? Or can i just use my login and get access?

        I would love to use the NFL APP on the Apple TV to navigate the games but not sure if I need to VPN in everytime in order to watch it.

  12. Just signed up for game pass via Germany server. Looks like I’m good to go with streaming live. Question: will I nerd to install expressvpn at the router level to use the NFL app on my Xbox one now that my international account is active? Like, will it black out a game if it knows my Xbox is stateside?

    1. Hi Zeke,

      For Game Pass, connect to a VPN location in Asia and then purchase/access the international Game Pass. If you only want to follow the Dolphins, you can select the «Follow Your Team» package and save some money. If you need guidance on which locations to use, please speak to Support: https://www.expressvpn.com/support/#open-chat

      Another option to check out is NFL Sunday Ticket. DirecTV offers NFL Sunday Ticket as a standalone product, but you’ll need to prove that your address doesn’t support DirecTV or that you live in a multi-unit residence (like an apartment).

      Hope that helps!

  13. Want to watch the Washington Redskins from Florida, however, it is out-of-market . I downloaded ExpressVPN. Since it’s out-of-market, I have to select a Location that is not in the US, correct? I selected Canada based on the speed test. Is that correct? Now, what is the next step? Thank you.

    1. Hi Brooke,

      Outside of DAZN, you can watch the games for free on mobile by downloading the NFL Mobile app or the Yahoo Sports app. Be sure to connect to a U.S. location before watching.

      Otherwise, you can connect to an overseas location to purchase the international game pass. Good locations to try are Australia, Hong Kong, and Malaysia.

    1. Hi Jimmy,

      Some content and stream providers have started to block content based on the geolocation of users. The ExpressVPN browser extension prevents your browser from revealing your location and can help you access streams with privacy, no matter where you are.

      Using the browser extension is not necessary for many sites, but for others, this will ensure an interruption-free streaming experience.

  14. I recently purchased NFL Game Pass, to watch the Kansas City Chiefs games while overseas. I didn’t realize the restrictions on watching overseas, so I just bought ExpressVPN, hoping that I can make it look like I’m still in the US. However, when I try to access the games, I am still having issues. In theory, should I be able to use ExpressVPN to watch the games outside of the US? If so, do you know what might be going wrong?

    1. Hi Steve,

      To watch in the UK, try watching the games via the NFL app or the Yahoo Sports app. Remember to connect to a location in the U.S. before downloading the apps and make sure you’re still connected when watching the games.

    1. Hi Allie,

      You can try watching the games using the Verizon or Yahoo Sports apps. Due to in-market restrictions, make sure you’re connected to a VPN location that’s showing the game or the nearest available location.

      1. I am also going to try this. I connected to a local VPN, but the yahoo sports app still says the game is not available in my location. Does that have to do with my phone GPS? Or is it because the game doesn’t start until tomorrow?

        1. I have trying to figure out how to watch the Colts for the past 2 years I have lived in Montana. The only teams that they ever play here are Seattle, Denver, Green Bay, Minnesota, and the nationally televised games. I’ve only gotten to watch 2 Colts games live in 2 years and one of the times I was actually in Texas. I’ve tried the VPN on my phone, Xbox one, laptop, and Roku Smart TV. All trying to use the NFL app. And I’ve also tried free trials of Sling, Fubo, YouTube, and just about anything else on all my devices and even being connected to the VPN it still only offers me the same teams/games. What would you recommend I try? And what location would be best for me to try and connect to? Thanks

          1. Is there a way to do it without using international game pass? I really just want to watch one team so I don’t want to pay that much when I could possibly do it with a cheaper subscription.

  15. I want to watch all NFL games via from my laptop or phone while I’m at work. If I purchase one of the 3 packages this will allow me to watch any and all NFL games? I especially only want to watch my Eagles. Please help!! Ty

    1. Hi Jade,

      It depends on where you are. Verizon (via the NFL Mobile and Yahoo Sports apps) offers free streams, but you’ll need to check if the Eagles are an in-market game for where you are. Otherwise, you can sign up for any of the other paid packages, just be sure to cancel before the free trial ends and catch any other games you’re missing on Twitch (for free!)

    1. Hi Billy,

      Not necessarily. This past season, Yahoo Sports offered free streams for the playoffs. Amazon offered free Thursday Night Football, while services like Sling TV showed regular season games and come with a free trial. With a VPN, a cable subscription is nice but not necessary 🙂

  16. I’m from Philadelphia, but will be in Israel for the Superbowl. The hotel that I’m staying at says that they don’t have Fox Sports, so I need to live stream the event to my devices—my iPhone 7 plus and my pad, which is an Android. For the latter, I was going to use ExpressVPN and YouTube TV, which is what you were saying a few days ago. But now you are saying to download TV player and have a TV license. Do I really need a licence? How do I get one? If I have to download TV Player, do I have to select a UK server thru ExpressVPN? Will the option that you were originally suggesting NOT work, i.e., ExpressVPN, selecting a US server, and using YouTube TV?

    As a back-up, I was going to use ExpressVPN on my cell phone, select a US server, and download the Yahoo Sports app. Will that work?

    Please advise on both matters. Thanks!

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