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This is what football is supposed to be: The two best teams in the conference facing off for a shot at the Super Bowl.
If you’ve been following the NFL closely all season, you might wince at the idea that the Green Bay Packers are one of the best teams in football. With their sometimes anemic offense and middling 15th-ranked defense, they haven’t seemed like a great team despite their 13-3 record. They certainly don’t have as many memorable, dominant performances as their opponents, the San Francisco 49ers.
But you are what your record says you are, and the Packers have found a way to win under new head coach Matt LaFleur. While flashier teams like the Saints are sitting at home, the Pack is still playing football. Week after week, Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, and Davante Adams have done enough to eke out victories.
While perhaps the 49ers looked more dominant than the Packers during the regular season, thanks to their awesome defense, they also have issues with depth. The dominant second-ranked D has sometimes had to bail out a strangely uneven seventh-ranked offense.
When they are playing their best, these two teams shine. But, if you take away their key weapons, they suddenly seem mortal. Which team will be able to exploit the other’s weaknesses? We’ll find out on Sunday night.
Here’s everything you need to know to live stream Packers vs. 49ers.
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Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers
- When: 6:40pm ET, Sunday, Jan. 19
- Where: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California
- Streaming: Fox
Packers vs. 49ers live stream: How to watch the NFL Playoffs online
This game will be broadcast on Fox, and will live stream via the following streaming services.
- Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, the CW (in some markets) (check local availability here)
FuboTV is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), news (MSNBC, CNN), or sports (NBA TV, NFL Network). If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with NBC and NBCSN, 10 beIN SPORTS channels, FS1, FS2, UniMás, and Champions League actions via TNT all on tap. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
3) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $30-$45 per month (New subscribers get $10 off the first month.)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV,Roku,Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling offers a ton of live sports. Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels – including ESPN3, which will simulcast ABC sports broadcasts, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NFL Network, NBCSN, and local channels. If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $45 per month. Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month) also includes NFL RedZone.
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV. Those services have plenty of local channels.
4) AT&T TV Now
- Cost: $50-$135 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
AT&T TV Now is a bonus for AT&T wireless customers. It provides instant access to more than 45 channels, including local channels. That means NBC and Fox for NFL games, NBCSN, FS1, and FS2 for soccer and other sports, and ESPN and ESPN2 for its array of sports programming. It even offers free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR for up to 20 hours of TV recording per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
- Cost: $14.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Vidgo devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
Vidgo offers a package for under $15 a month that pulls together more than 45 English-language channels into its National English Package. That includes BeIN Sports and the Pac-12 Network for sports fans but also offers an array of favorites, including A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, and a full range of Nickolodeon channels, including TeenNick and NickToons.
If you’re in a bilingual household, there are additional packages available en Español, with programming from throughout the Americas and even Spain. Both the Latino Streaming Plan ($14.99 per month) and Latino Mas Streaming Plan ($24.99 per month) include BeIN’s main Spanish-language channel, TyC Sports, and Azteca America, while the higher tier adds DAZN.
Also, through its Vidgo app, it’s offering the option of Social TV, which allows Vidgo users to connect in real-time as they’re watching programming on their phones.
6) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers live stream: What to expect
Both of these teams have a surprising lack of offensive depth considering how productive they have been this season. In Green Bay, there aren’t many stars outside of Aaron Jones and Davante Adams. In San Francisco, the offense has generally run through tight end George Kittle.
Though the Vikings got stomped by the 49ers last week, they laid out a way to stop the San Francisco offense. The Vikings focused on Kittle, limiting him to 16 yards, and no Niners receiver went over 42 yards. But unfortunately for the Vikings, they couldn’t stop the run. San Francisco cruised to victory on the strength of Teven Coleman’s 105 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
For a blueprint to beat the Packers, the Niners just have to look at what they did in November. In that matchup, San Francisco sacked Aaron Rodgers four times and limited him to 104 yards passing. Jones and Adams combined for less than 100 yards.
Both teams will look to take away the other’s best offensive weapons and force them to find production from lesser players. While Rodgers is the more experienced quarterback, the 49ers defense seems better built to execute its game plan. And while Jimmy G may not yet be as good as Rodgers at his peak, he has developed steadily even while surrounded by inconsistent weapons this season.
It’s hard to pick against Rodgers in a clutch moment, but San Francisco’s defense has been able to force its will on games in a way that the Packers D hasn’t.
This game could go either way, but we will take San Francisco in what could be one of the best championship games in recent memory.
- How to watch the NFL Playoffs live online
- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV satellite
- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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Brenden Gallagher is a politics reporter and cultural commentator. His work has been published by Motherboard, Complex, and VH1. He’s the co-founder of Beer Money Films, an indie production company. Based in Los Angeles, he works in television drama as a writers assistant.