Watch NFC Championship Online or Live Stream
When the Minnesota Vikings face the Philidelphia Eagles for the NFC Championship on Sunday, they’ll be led by two quarterbacks who both took sudden, and improbable, career turns.
During Week 2, Case Keenum began what turned out to be a Cinderella season after filling in for an injured Sam Bradford. Keenum tossed 22 touchdowns to just seven picks in the regular season, and took part in arguably the greatest play in Vikings history last weekend.
Ditto for Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. He took over for Carson Wentz after the quarterback had knee surgery in Week 15. He threw for four touchdowns in his first relief start, and now has a shot at playing in Super Bowl LII.
This is a rare NFC matchup that you don’t want to miss. So here are all your options to watch the NFC Championship 2018 live and for free.
When is the NFC Championship game?
- Date: Sunday, Jan. 22
- Time: 6 P.M. ET
- Channel: FOX
- Live Stream: on DirecTV Now (free trial), or fuboTV (with free Showtime trial)
Watch Eagles vs Vikings free with an antenna
There’s a pretty good chance that you can watch the game on FOX in HD without paying a dime. All you need is a decent antenna. Lately, I’ve been using an Antop Smartpass, which has an amplifier and an LTE filter.
With an antenna, you can also get NBC, ABC, CBS and other channels in HD. The picture will even look better than cable. Type your zip code into a free online tool like AntennaWeb or TV Fool to see if there’s a FOX broadcast tower near you.
The local cable company is essentially taking these same broadcasts, compressing the picture quality and piping them into your home with a cable cord. If you use an antenna instead, the TV signal is uncompressed and looks much better. Look over my guide on how to choose the best TV antenna based on where you live in the U.S.
Vikings vs Eagles live stream with DirecTV Now
DirecTV Now offers a FOX live stream on all four of its channel packages. DirecTV Now has approximately 77 local FOX channels across the U.S. and 155 local channels like CBS and The CW. Those numbers will only be growing as its parent company AT&T pushes into 2018. DirecTV Now is one of the more reliable options nationally for watching the NFC Championship online.
The cheapest option is the “Live a Little” plan, which has 60+ channels for $35 per month. This live streaming platform is geared towards people that want to option to watch live channels on an iPhone when they’re not at home, or on a Roku and Amazon Fire TV. If you use a streaming device, you will want to use a DirecTV Now app. You can also watch FOX online by logging into your DirecTV Now account on your PC. Either way, you won’t have to miss out when the Vikings and Eagles take the field on Sunday.
Having a DirecTV Now subscription also gives you access to the FOX NOW app, which has a FOX live stream as well, and access to other live channels like National Geographic, FX and Nat Geo Wild. The FOX NOW app is handy for a live stream when you’re away from home.
There’s no contract when you sign up for DirecTV Now’s 7-day free trial . Just be sure to cancel before the trial period ends if you don’t want to keep your subscription.
If you want to make sure you have TV service for the Super Bowl, then consider subscribing a little longer. DirecTV will give you a free Roku Streaming Stick if you prepay for two months of service. Prepay for four months and get a free Apple TV. If you don’t like the service afterward, you can simply cancel online.
Watch NFC Championship online on fuboTV
fuboTV now carries 89 local FOX affiliates across the U.S. and not just in major markets. So there’s an excellent chance that you can use their live streaming platform to watch the game.
Look at their updated roster of FOX affiliates if you want to see if you’re covered.
fuboTV carries a wide selection of national and regional sports channels, but the company has focused on NFL coverage this year, bringing on board scores of local CBS, FOX and NBC stations. If you’re up for trying out fuboTV, you can also include Showtime as part of your free trial.
You’ll also get Big Ten Network, NFL Network, FS1 and FS2 as part of a 70+ channel bundle. If you keep the Premier bundle, it costs $39.99 per month, but your first month is $19.99.
fuboTV has a number of entertainment channels as well. A&E, History, Travel Channel and HGTV are part of the fuboTV channel lineup. Subscribers get 30 hours of Cloud DVR storage. fuboTV has apps for just about any streaming device, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV devices like NVIDIA Shield TV.
Similar to DirecTV Now, you can also use your membership to tap into dozens of TV Everywhere apps. That means you will have both a FOX live stream in your channel lineup, and full access to the FOX NOW app. You can try out fuboTV free for 7-days.
Watch NFC Championship live stream with Sling TV
To watch a live stream of the NFC game on Sling TV, you’ll need to sign up for the “Sling Blue” package. That will give you 40+ channels for $25 per month, including FOX in a number of markets. Sling TV has a smaller number of local channels across the U.S. compared to DirecTV Now and fuboTV. Sling TV has an app for just about any streaming device and a number of Smart TVs. By logging into your Sling TV account, you can watch the NFC Championship online too.
Check this local channel search engine to see if there’s a FOX channel in your area. Even if FOX television isn’t offered by Sling TV where you live, you can still use your credentials to sign in to the FOX Sports Go app to watch a live feed of sporting events.
PlayStation Vue will live stream Eagles vs Vikings
PlayStation Vue will air the Eagles vs Vikings matchup on its entry-level channel bundle. You will get 48+ channels like AMC, FX and National Geographic for $40 per month. You can use a Roku, Amazon Fire TV or a PC to watch PlayStation Vue channels. You’ll also have access to numerous TV Everywhere apps as long as you have corresponding channels in your subscription.
PlayStation Vue has a 5-day free trial.
Get NFC Championship online with YouTube TV
If you use a Chromecast or NVIDIA Shield TV to stream, then YouTube TV is another option to get the NFC Championship live stream.
YouTube TV offers 40+ channels for $35 per month. The streaming platform has a solid web interface that includes FOX. The service is available in roughly half of the U.S. YouTube TV is still expanding its device support, but I thought it was a really solid service when I reviewed it earlier this year. YouTube TV offers a 14 day free trial.
What’s the best way to watch NFC Championship online?
DirecTV Now is the most versatile service out there. As a subscriber, you can watch the Eagles vs Vikings live on your iPhone or through a Roku at home. You’ll also get access to more than 50 TV Everywhere apps. And you can get a free Roku Streaming Stick or free Apple TV when you prepay for a month or more.
What’s your favorite way to watch the game online? Tell readers in the comments below.