Stream sports playoff games live with a VPN

Published: Jan 29, 2018

The playoffs are the best part of the sporting season. As the top teams from the regular season clash for league championships and promotion spots, playoff games are a must-watch for every sports fan.

Use a VPN to enjoy HD streams for every sports playoff, no matter where you are.

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Beat blackouts and make the playoffs with a VPN

No matter what lineup of sports you favor, a VPN is your MVP for safe and anonymous streaming when getting around sports blackouts.

A VPN does this by routing your internet connection and all its associated traffic through a server of your choice.

This lets you connect to servers unaffected by broadcast blackouts and watch the playoffs in HD from anywhere—all while giving your internet connection an added bump of security.

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See all playoff streaming options below!

2018 NFL playoffs free stream

When: January to February 2018

Where: NBC (See full broadcast schedule here)

The Yahoo Sports app will offer free NFL Super Bowl streams, no matter what mobile carrier you use. To watch:

  1. Get ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to a U.S. server location
  3. Fire up the Yahoo Sports app or visit the Yahoo Sports mobile web (Note: you may need to enable location services)
  4. Stream the Super Bowl free!

Note: This option only works on smartphones and not for tablets or connected TVs.

After a 16-game regular season, 12 teams will compete in the NFL playoffs. The four division champions from each conference will automatically qualify for the playoffs, while the two next best teams in each conference will qualify for the wildcard round. All playoff games are one-off elimination matches.

The wildcard round pits the four lower-seeded division champions against the four conference wildcards, with the winner moving on to face the four higher-seeded division champions. From there, the winner of the playoffs will claim the Lombardi trophy. Last year, it was the New England Patriots versus the Atlanta Falcons in NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas for all the marbles. Who’s your pick for the Super Bowl this year?

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Stream the 2017-2018 NCAA college football playoffs

When: December 2017 to January 2018

Where: ESPN (See full broadcast schedule here)

There’s nothing quite like the pageantry and rivalries of college football. After a 12-game regular season, the four highest-ranked teams will compete in the single-match playoffs for the NCAA college football national championship.

Everyone agrees the Oklahoma Sooners and Alabama Crimson Tide are two of the best teams in the nation. But the Auburn Tigers defeated the latter and also beat then-No. 1 Georgia. What will the final four look like?

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Catch the 2018 NBA playoffs

When: April to June 2018

Where: ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBA TV (See full broadcast schedule here)

As one of the biggest sporting events in the world, the NBA playoffs puts the eight best teams from the Eastern Conference and the eight best teams from the Western Conference in a best-of-seven elimination tournament to determine the NBA Finals championship.

After LeBron James single-handedly took the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first ever NBA championship in 2016, the Golden State Warriors exacted some sweet revenge and won the series in 5 games last year. Will it be Celtics vs. Rockets this year? Tune in with your VPN!

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Stream the 2018 MLB League Championship Series and World Series

When: October to November 2018

Where: ESPN, Fox, TBS (See full broadcast schedule here)

It’s not easy to reach the pinnacle of America’s pastime. First, a one-game wildcard playoff, two best-of-five Division Series games, and a best-of-seven League Championship Series will determine the winner of the American and National leagues. Then, the stage is set for the two league champions to play each other in a best-of-seven World Series. Batter up!

2017 saw the Houston Astros ascend to the top, defeating the LA Dodgers in a 6-game extravaganza. Can the Astros make lightning strike twice?

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Watch the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs

When: April to June 2018

Where: NBC (See full broadcast schedule here)

At the end of the NHL regular season, the Eastern and Western conferences will each send their eight best teams into the Stanley Cup playoffs. The teams will play four rounds of best-of-seven games, with the final round being the Stanley Cup Finals.

It took them 6 games to do it, but the Pittsburgh Penguins took down the Nashville Predators to win the Stanley Cup. Will the Predators have a chance at revenge? Tune in with your VPN and find out!

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Catch the 2017 MLS Cup playoffs

When: October to December 2017

Where: ESPN, Fox, MLS Live (See full broadcast schedule here)

Soccer lovers everywhere will not want to miss the MLS playoffs. After the regular season wraps up, the twelve best teams from the Eastern and Western conferences will vie for a place in the playoff championship game, where the MLS Cup will be up for grabs.

With Los Angeles Galaxy no longer holding a monopoly on MLS titles, the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers have each ascended to the throne in the last two seasons. Who will be the top dog this year? Follow the excitement with your VPN!

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Stream the 2018 English Football League playoffs

When: May 2018

Where: Sky Sports (See full broadcast schedule here)

Ever wondered how teams make it into the English Premier League? The answer is the EFL playoffs system. For the Football League Championship and Football League One, the top two teams automatically move to the division above, leaving the third to sixth-placed teams to play a two-leg semifinal and a one-game final for the final promotion spot.

In the 2017 playoffs, Huddersfield Town clinched the last promotion spot into the Premier League while Millwall used a dominant performance to move up to the Championship. Excited to see who will emerge victorious from the 2018 EFL playoffs? Make sure you catch the action with a VPN!

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Who will win the playoffs this year?

That’s ExpressVPN’s guide to the biggest sports playoffs of the year. Now, it’s time for your predictions.

Will the Lombardi trophy and Stanley Cup find new homes? Who will emerge victorious from the grueling NBA Finals and World Series? And what about the MLS and EFL playoffs?

Leave your predictions below, and remember to kick off the action with your VPN!

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