How to watch NFL Wild Card Round matches live and free
Which teams will be sent packing?
It won't be hard to follow the scenarios of this week's NFL Playoffs. Teams simply have to win their Wild Card Round matches or say goodbye to their Super Bowl aspirations. A frantic finish in the final week of the regular season saw some big guns upset including the defending champion Patriots.
NFL Wild Card Round schedule
|Date||Match||Venue||Time||Where to watch|
|Sun, 5 Jan||Houston Texans vs Buffalo Bills||NRG Stadium||8:35 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NFL Game Pass, Fetch TV, 7Mate|
|Sun, 5 Jan||New England Patriots vs Tennesse Titans||Gillette Stadium||12:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NFL Game Pass, Fetch TV, 7Mate|
|Mon, 6 Jan||New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Viings||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||5:05 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NFL Game Pass, Fetch TV, 7Mate|
|Mon, 6 Jan||Philadelphia Eagles vs Seattle Seahawks||Lincoln Financial Field||8:40 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NFL Game Pass, Fetch TV, 7Mate|
How to watch NFL Wild Card Round
All games from the NFL Wild Card Round are available to watch on free-to-air TV or through subscription services. 7Mate will have all of the games available, so too will Kayo Sports, Foxtel and Fetch TV through ESPN.
For more information see our full how to watch NFL Playoffs guide. Here we'll just take you through your two best viewing options.
Watch NFL Wild Card Round on 7Mate
7Mate surprisingly has all of this week's Wild Card matches. Though it must be noted, due to the New Year's Test, it will only be on 7Mate meaning you can't get it in HD.
Stream NFL Wild Card Round via Kayo Sports
Kayo beats out the Seven Network when you consider the fact they've got over 50 sports all in HD. It has features that the free-to-air channel also can't compete with, like SplitView so you can watch up to four sports at once.
Other innovative features include the Key Moments Timeline, Kayo Minis, Interactive Stats, No Spoilers and more. So whether you get your sport fix live or on-demand there's something on offer to enhance your viewing.
Then there's also the programming side, while it doesn't matter now that Kayo has more weekly games than Channel 7. Where it does still count is all the pre and post-game analysis shows that are available to watch. Kayo will also have the NFL Draft which is on in April.
All new customers to Kayo are offered a 14-day free trial. After that you can continue on with a subscription for either $25 or $35 monthly. The two packages only differ by the number of devices you can watch at once. The more expensive option lets you watch on three screens rather than two.
You can watch Kayo on iOS and Android devices, PC, Mac, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV, Samsung TV (2018 models and later), Sony Bravia TV, Chromecast and Airplay. See our Kayo review for more information
NFL Wild Card Round preview
Houston Texans vs Buffalo Bills
Houston will get a huge inclusion for their playoff run, with JJ Watt set to return. The Texans will need the defensive linemen to shore up their shoddy defence.
Young quarterback Deshuan Watson will need a signature performance. Buffalo has a dominant defence and Watson will have to find a way to get the scoreboard ticking over.
Meanwhile, the Bills have to ensure they aren't overwhelmed by the moment. They don't have a playoff victory since 1995, plus it's just the second postseason appearance in 20 years.
The Bills also have their own young quarterback Josh Allen, who they'll be hoping for a big performance from. Buffalo will be reliant on a rock solid defence to win the game and historically that's a recipe for playoff success.
New England Patriots vs Tennessee Titans
New England's fate is now sealed, they'll have to win out from here to defend the title. It's the first time since 2009 New England has had to go from the Wild Card Round.
Quarterback Tom Brady has taken a step back this year, as father time looks to finally be catching up. Brady is a winner though and has Super Bowl rings to back it up. Maybe the familiarity of the playoffs gets the Patriots out of their slump.
The Titans impressed many this year. Their offence went berserk in the back half thanks to running back Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill replacing Marcus Mariota at QB.
History is against the Titans who haven't won in Foxborough since 1993. Regardless, this game will be fun with the Titans hot offence taking on the Patriots' league best defence.
New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings
Another older quarterback is Drew Brees. He has led the Saints to a Super Bowl victory before and was denied a shot last year thanks to a controversial referee's decision in the NFC Championship game.
Nevertheless, Brees is back again, and with superstar wide receiver Michael Thomas the pair are sure to cause the Vikings headaches. With an above average defence, another deep playoff ruin feels destined.
The Vikings scraped into the Wild Card Round by the skin of their teeth after losing to the Bears, eventually becoming the sixth and final seed. Minnesota will get running back Dalvin Cook back whose impact to the team can't be understated.
Still, Vikings QB Kirk Cousins just seems to falter when the spotlight shines brightest. He'll need to overcome those mental demons if the Vikings are to progress to the Divisional Round.
Philadelphia Eagles vs Seattle Seahawks
The Eagles won the Super Bowl in 2018, but haven't packed the same punch since. Maybe it will be different now that Carson Wentz will finally be at the helm, calling the shots.
Even though the Eagles are the higher seed, as they won the NFC East, the stats paint a different picture. Without being in such a weak division Philadelphia likely wouldn't find itself in the postseason.
Seattle should consider itself unlucky. They were within mere inches of having a bye during the Wild Card Round. However, it wasn't to be and some will feel that it was deserved after dropping three of their last four.
While the Seahawks are the lower seed it's hard to feel that they aren't the better team. Expect Russel Wilson to make some big plays as the Seahawks look to defeat the Eagles in Philly like they did in week 12.