The 2017 NFL playoffs are here, showcasing the league’s best teams as they fight it out for a chance to take part in Super Bowl 51. Fans all around the world are ready to tune in and watch Super Bowl 51 and the rest of the NFL playoffs.
Three major networks are responsible for most of the broadcasting of the playoffs, while Fox will have television rights to this year’s big game. Watching all the action should be relatively easy if you are in the US and have basic TV, but those traveling abroad or cord-cutting will run into problems. Additionally, millions of NFL fans from around the world are looking for an easy way to watch the biggest game of the season.
Are you located outside of the US or don’t have a TV on which to watch the games? Let me show you how to watch the Super Bowl from anywhere in the world, using a VPN!
Watch Super Bowl 51 and the NFL Playoffs Online
The three major networks covering the NFL playoffs all have an online streaming service that will broadcast the games. Additionally, you can also use NFL Game Pass (which gives you all NFL games for a hefty price), or the popular cord-cutting service Sling TV to watch the Super Bowl or NFL playoffs. Let’s go over these services.
- Fox Sports Go requires you to sign in with an existing US cable subscription.
- Broadcasting: Seahawks vs Falcons, NFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl.
- Free to use!
- Broadcasting: Chiefs vs Steelers.
- One week free trial, and you can create as many trial accounts as you want! $5.99 a month to sign up.
- Broadcasting: Patriots vs Texans and the AFC Championship Game.
- Playoffs and Super Bowl package costs $59.99.
- Will show every game live and on demand.
- “Sling Blue” package gives you NFL Network, Fox Sports 1 and 2, NBC and other channels for $25 a month.
- One week free trial available (credit card is required for sign-up).
- Watch on up to three devices simultaneously.
Watch Super Bowl 2017 and NFL Playoffs Online with a VPN
The rise of the Internet and cord-cutting gives people lots of new ways to watch their favorite content online. Unfortunately, copyrighted content can be difficult to stream from anywhere in the world. The services above are no exception, as they are unavailable to viewers outside the US.
So, as long as I’m located in the US, I’m good? Think again! Even viewers in the US are subject to restrictions and media blackouts that could make certain games unavailable.
This is where a high-quality VPN service steps in. It allows your device to tunnel into a country or specific city to bypass geo-restrictions. You can read more about how a VPN works in the BestVPN.com Beginner’s Guide.
Using a VPN is easy and only takes a few minutes to set up on your device. Let’s go over exactly how to use a VPN to watch the Super Bowl and NFL Playoffs!
- Choose a VPN service for streaming NFL games or head straight to my top recommendation, ExpressVPN.
- Install the VPN software on your device.
- Connect to a server in the US. Try finding a server that is close to where the game is taking place.
- Sign up or simply navigate to one of the streaming services I’ve highlighted above.
- Start streaming! If you have any connection issues, try selecting a different VPN server.
Wild-card Weekend Recap
The NFL postseason has kicked off, with wild-card weekend fully behind us and the match-ups now set for the next round. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from this past week.
Rodgers Leads Packers Over Giants
Aaron Rodgers just had a hell of a game (350+ yards, four touchdowns) for the Green Bay Packers against the Giants. Sure, the Packers were heavily favored in the match-up to start with, but that can’t take away from Rodgers’ play or ability to create chances out of thin air.
Still doubting Rodgers’ legacy as one of the all-time greats? Check out the play below to see why he remains one of the best in the league.
Raiders Can’t Overcome Injuries Against Texans
A lot of people had high hopes for the Raiders this season, especially with the promise shown by a young squad highlighted by Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, and Khalil Mack. Unfortunately, this all came crashing down with Carr’s season-ending injury in week 16. Houston took advantage of this by intercepting Carr’s rookie replacement (Connor Cook) three times.
Looking for a killer combination in the playoffs? A rookie quarterback starting his first game ever in the playoffs against the league’s best defense is about as cliche as it gets!
Seahawks Rumble Past Lions
The Seahawks this year haven’t quite looked like the same team that smashed Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Super Bowl 48. This all changed with a 26-6 drubbing of the Detroit Lions, led by running back Thomas Rawls going for 161 yards and touchdown. Another standout for the Seahawks was wide receiver Paul Richardson, with an amazing one-hand catch you can watch below.
While some may favor the Patriots or Cowboys for winning it all this year, the Seahawks are quietly going about business as usual. Don’t count them out just yet!
Steelers and Antonio Brown Sweep Aside Dolphins
There were some question marks regarding the Steelers’ health and ability to compete, but the “Big Three” of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell all stepped up to lead the team to a big win over the Miami Dolphins.
While the Dolphins returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2008, the experience and grit of Pittsburgh in the cold weather proved to be too much for a young Miami team to handle.
Division Round Preview
- Falcons vs Seahawks – Atlanta, GA – Saturday 14 January at 4:35 PM EST. Broadcast on Fox, Fox Sports Go, and NFL Game Pass.
- Patriots vs Texans – Foxboro, MA – Saturday 14 January at 8:15 PM EST. Broadcast on CBS, CBS All Access, and NFL Game Pass.
- Chiefs vs. Steelers – Kansas City, MO – Sunday 15 January at 1:05 PM EST. Broadcast on NBC, NBC Sports Live, and NFL Game Pass.
- Cowboys vs Packers – Arlington, TX – Sunday 15 January at 4:40 PM EST. Broadcast on Fox, Fox Sports Go, and NFL Game Pass.
Super Bowl 51: Things to Know
Super Bowl 51 is right around the corner, following the Divisional Round and the Conference Championships. Let’s go over some of the important details you need to know before the big game.
- Super Bowl 51 will take place in Houston on Monday 6 February. The biggest game of the season starts at 6:30 PM EST.
- The Super Bowl will be broadcast on Fox and Fox Deportes.
- Announcers from Super Bowl 48 will return, including Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (analysis), Erin Andrews and Chris Myers (sideline reporters).
- This is the third time Houston will host the Super Bowl, the first being in 1974 and more recently in 2004.
- Lady Gaga will be the headline act at the Super Bowl Half Time Show after singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl 50.
Watch Super Bowl and NFL Playoffs: Conclusion
If the last couple of years are anything to go by, the NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl will definitely be some can’t-miss action. Using a VPN to access the streaming services I’ve highlighted above should be relatively easy and work on nearly any device.
Got questions or comments about using a VPN to watch Super Bowl 51? Leave them in the comment section below!