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How to watch 2022 NFL playoffs live online in Australia

Are you ready for some football? The NFL is back and this is how you can catch it your way in Australia.

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The NFL managed to negotiate the 2020 regular season amid the ongoing pandemic. It all ended with Tom Brady celebrating an extraordinary seventh Super Bowl championship, this time with Tampa Bay.

In 2021, the competition has proven incredibly tight so far, with few clear standouts. The playoffs are here so what's in store for the rest of the season? You will have to tune in to find out.

How to watch NFL in Australia

Fans of American football have a number of options to catch some touchdowns live in Australia during the 2021/22 season. Thankfully you don't have to rely on free-to-air TV networks to get your NFL fix.

There's dedicated ESPN coverage on Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now, Fetch TV and the Kayo Sports streaming service of roughly 5 games per week. Australians can also get access to every single game of the NFL season live and on-demand via the official NFL Game Pass subscription service.

All have varying numbers of games available, so we've broken down the options in depth below.

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NFL weekly Australian TV schedule

Date Match Kick-off (AEDT) Where to watch
Sunday, 23 January Tennessee Titans vs Cincinnati Bengals 8:35 AM Kayo Sports, Foxtel ,NFL Game Pass, 7Mate
Sunday, 23 January Green Bay Packers vs San Francisco 49ers 12:15 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel ,NFL Game Pass, 7Mate
Monday, 24 January Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Los Angeles Rams 7:00 AM Kayo Sports, Foxtel ,NFL Game Pass, 7Mate
Monday, 24 January Kansas City Chiefs vs Buffalo Bills 10:30 AM Kayo Sports, Foxtel ,NFL Game Pass, 7Mate
Monday, 31 January Cincinnati Bengals vs Kansas City Chiefs 7:00 AM Kayo Sports, Foxtel ,NFL Game Pass, 7Mate
Monday, 31 January San Francisco 49ers vs Los Angeles Rams 10:30 AM Kayo Sports, Foxtel ,NFL Game Pass, 7Mate
Monday, 14 February Super Bowl LVI Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams 9:30 AM Kayo Sports, Foxtel ,NFL Game Pass, 7Mate

Watch NFL matches on 7Mate

Casual fans of the NFL can keep up with the competition via free-to-air TV. 7Mate will broadcast 2 games per week. This is typically two Sunday night games which are shown early Monday morning Australian Eastern time. Additionally, it will also show coverage of the playoffs.

Games are available on-demand on 7Plus. However, they are only the 2 games that were shown that week and only remain up for 7 days. In addition to the weekly games available on-demand, 7Plus also has some extra coverage like classic Super Bowls.


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Live stream the NFL in HD with Kayo Sports

Streaming service Kayo Sports offers a selection of NFL games each week via ESPN. On average, Kayo presents 5 games per week, plus a variety of additional NFL content during the season. All games are then available on-demand for only 72 hours.

As of the 2020/21 season Kayo also now has ESPN Minis for each of its weekly games. The Minis will cut an NFL game down from its usual run time of 3 hours to around 20-30 minutes.

They also have access to College Football. Kayo's coverage culminates with every postseason game plus the glitz and glamour of the Super Bowl, all in HD. The Pro Bowl, NFL Primetime and NFL Live are also on the service.

The Kayo app delivers live HD streams, as well as on-demand content, for over 50 sports. It is compatible with Android and iOS devices, Apple TV, PS4, PS5, Telstra TV, Android TV, Samsung TV (2017 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay.

There is a 14-day free trial for new customers. Subscribers can then choose between 3 price points. For $25 a month, you can view on only 1 screen at a time. Then $27.50 a month gets you 2 simultaneous streams, or $35 a month allows for up to 3. The service also has a range of unique special features. You can read more about the service in our comprehensive Kayo Sports review.

Streaming NFL matches with NFL Game Pass

NFL Game Pass lets you live stream or watch every NFL fixture on-demand. Featuring round-the-clock coverage of all the action across the league, NFL Game Pass brings the complete American football experience into Aussie homes.

To unlock all of the platform's features, you'll need to purchase a full NFL Game Pass Pro subscription for the 2021/22 season. Pricing for the season clocks in at $274.99 for the full year. You have the option of paying up front or 4 lots of $74.93 instalments. A free 7-day trial is available for new subscribers.

You'll be able to live stream every game, including all playoff games and the Super Bowl. You will also get breaking news, scores and statistics, plus the popular NFL RedZone show every Monday.

After deducting Channel 7's and ESPN's 2 and 5 respective weekly games that leaves NFL Game Pass with 8 exclusive matches each week.

That's not all. A full NFL Game Pass subscription unlocks the NFL video archives. Search by play type, team or player to find the specific moment you want. If you're short on time, NFL Game Pass offers condensed versions of every match and download games for offline viewing. For more NFL Game Pass information and available packages check out our guide.


Stream every NFL match on NFL Game Pass free for 7-days

NFL Game Pass gives you access to 270 regular season games, RedZone, Playoffs, Super Bowl and more live and on-demand.

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Watch NFL on TV with Foxtel iQ

Foxtel broadcasts NFL games via ESPN, so you need the Sport Package, priced at $25 per month, on top of the Foxtel Plus Pack ($49 a month). So the minimum monthly price to watch NFL on Foxtel iQ is $74 per month.Subscribers get up to 5 live games per week including Thursday, Sunday and Monday Night Football plus all playoffs. You can stream the games to your laptop or mobile using the Foxtel GO app or on the Foxtel website, which comes free with your Foxtel subscription.

Foxtel is the only broadcaster in Australia that currently offers users access to 4K sports content. You may find you're up for some installation costs, although Foxtel IQ deals are also regularly available.

NFL live stream via Foxtel Now

Alternatively, you can also stream NFL games with Foxtel Now. ESPN is included in the Sport Package, which is $29 a month. You also need to get the Essentials Pack for $25 a month, which includes Pop and Lifestyle channels. As a result, you will pay at least $54 a month to stream NFL games with Foxtel Now.

The platform is available on PCs/Macs, smartphones/tablets, Sony and Android TVs, Chromecast/Airplay, the Foxtel Now Box, Telstra TV and PS4 and PS5. A 10-day free trial is available for new customers.


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Watch NFL matches with Fetch TV

ESPN is also accessible through the Fetch TV Vibe channel pack. This one is only $6 a month, but the total monthly price of your subscription will vary based on whether you purchase your Fetch box from a broadband provider or buy it outright.

How do the NFL Playoffs work?

The NFL regular season is played from September through to December, running for a total of 18 weeks. During that time each team plays 17 games and has 1 bye.

The NFL Playoffs commence at the start of January through to the Super Bowl in February. For the first time in 2020, the playoffs were made up of 14 teams, 6 from each conference and 2 extra Wild Card teams.

Each division winner automatically makes the postseason. Then there are two wildcards from each conference who are the top two remaining teams with the best overall record.

The first week of the playoffs is called the Wild Card round. The top teams only from both the NFC and AFC receive a bye week and don't play until the divisional round. The rest of the teams are seeded by record and matched up against the Wild Card selections.

Throughout the postseason, all matches are sudden death. The final game is made up of the AFC Champion and the NFC Champion. This means no two teams from the same conference can meet in the Super Bowl.

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    PhilipOctober 17, 2019

    I bought a ps4 and subscribed to nfl gamepass. I can’t find the gamepass app on the ps4. Any advice?

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      BellaOctober 19, 2019

      Hi Philip,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      You need to get or download “NFL” on the Playstation store to be able to access your NFL Gamepass.

      I hope this information helps.

      Kind regards,

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    georgeJuly 23, 2019

    How do I sign up for NFL “follow your team” subscription in Australia. My team is the Colts.
    I don’t wish to have the full Game Pass. I just want to follow the Colts.

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      NikkiJuly 24, 2019

      Hi George,

      Thanks for your question.

      The NFL Game Pass offers three types of subscriptions. Follow Your Team brings you 20 pre-season and regular-season games involving your favorite team life or on-demand. If you want to keep track of your team’s performance, the ‘Follow Your Team’ subscription showcases pre-season and regular-season games for $69.99, with each option including additional analysis and highlights.

      Each of these NFL Game Pass subscriptions offers a 7-day free trial, so you can try out the platform and figure out what’s right for you. You need to choose your desired plan when signing up for the free trial. Regardless of the option you choose, you also get a 24/7 Live NFL Network Stream.

      Hope this helps!


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    BertoAldonezSeptember 3, 2017

    Hi, what the difference between ScreenVariety and NFLl game pass that I find the official NFL.com?

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      GruSeptember 4, 2017

      Hello BertoAldonez,

      Both options have similar benefits and perks

      Please feel free to read through the pages below to have a better comparison between the NFL Game Pass and ScreenVariety’s NFL Ticket to decide on the best option for you in watching the NFL online.

      How to Live Stream NFL Online
      – Go to Screenvariety NFL website

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!


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