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Reddit NFL Streams: How to Watch Every NFL Wild Card Game for Free Without r/nflstreams

Snehith Vemuri
|Sat Jan 15 2022


The NFL playoffs are finally here, and you’re looking for a way to catch the action. But with the ban of Reddit NFL Streams, what are the best alternatives?

What Channel are the NFL Wild Card Games On?

The rebranded “Super Wildcard Weekend” will feature six games across various channels. Here is a quick rundown of the schedule along with the respective broadcaster:

Saturday:

  • Raiders vs. Bengals (NBC)
  • Patriots vs. Bills (CBS)

Sunday:

  • Eagles vs. Buccaneers (Fox)
  • 49ers vs. Cowboys (CBS, Nickelodeon)
  • Steelers vs. Chiefs (NBC)

Monday:

  • Cardinals vs. Rams (ESPN)

It’s a great roster of matchups however if you don’t have cable, you might be concerned about missing the action now that Reddit banned r/nflstreams. Read on to find to why Reddit NFL streams was banned and what the best alternatives are.

Why Was Reddit NFL Streams Banned?

The r/nflstreams subreddit was one of the most valuable resources for NFL fans around the world. Links, which were reliable for the most part, were posted for every single NFL game.

Fans were also spoiled for choice, considering they could watch NFL Redzone and NFL Network. And the best part about all of this was that the streams were completely free. No payment, no account, just a link with a couple of pop-ups here and there.

However, the free ride came to an end when Reddit banned the page. So, why did Reddit ban one of their most popular pages?

The short answer to this question is that the subreddit was technically illegal. If you watch other sports, you probably weren’t too surprised to see Reddit make this decision. Before the ban, the page for NBA and Soccer streams were also taken down.

The basic problem is that posting free links is a clear case of copyright infringement and leagues were starting to take notice. Interestingly though, Reddit was never forced to ban the subreddit, but rather chose to do so according to their own repeat infringement policy.

The policy reads:

Our policy is to close the accounts of users, in appropriate circumstances, who have repeatedly been charged with copyright infringement. Sometimes a repeat infringement problem is limited to one user and we close just that user’s account. Other times, the problem pervades a whole subreddit community and we close the subreddit.

Where to Stream the 2022 NFL Wild Card Games For Free?

Luckily, with the growing trend towards “cord-cutting”, or the movement of television viewers to online platforms, there are various ways to stream football games.

If you already have a cable subscription but prefer to watch the game on another device, you can watch the games on the channel’s respective website or mobile app. For instance, you can catch Monday’s Cardinals-Rams game on the ESPN app or website (this works similarly for FOX, CBS, and NBC).

However if you aren’t a cable subscriber, you need to check which channel your team’s game is on, and then find a streaming platform that carries that channel. These are some of the best options:

  • NFL App
  • Yahoo! Sports App
  • fubo TV
  • AT&T TV Now
  • YouTube TV
  • Hulu Plus Live TV
  • Peacock

Of course, not every streaming service will carry every channel, but most of them carry FOX and CBS which is where the majority of NFL games are usually shown. For instance this week, you can catch every game on fubo TV.

If you aren’t already subscribed to any of these platforms, now might be a good time to take advantage of a free trial on one of them as the playoffs get underway, seeing that all of them except the NFL app offer this feature.

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