The New Orleans Saints (13-2) have clinched home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs and they prepare to host the banged-up Carolina Panthers (6-9) in a NFC South matchup at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as the 2018 NFL regular season concludes with Week 17 action on Sunday afternoon.
The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Fox in select areas (coverage map here). If the game is on in your market and you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Fox (live in all 32 NFL markets) is included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 85 total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.
In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including Fox (live in all 32 NFL markets). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
Fox (live in 17 NFL markets) is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
Fox Sports Go
Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Fox Sports Go website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Fox Sports Go app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your FuboTV, Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the Fox digital platforms.
Watch on Your Phone: NFL Mobile
Streaming of in-market and prime-time games can be watched on phones via the NFL Mobile app.
If the Game is Out of Your Market
SundayTicket.TV allows you to watch a live stream of games that are out of your market and aren’t nationally televised. The service is available for people who live in residences that can’t get satellite (apartments, condos, etc.), as well as residents of San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York City. You can check here to see if you’re eligible.
Additionally, most college students may watch out-of-market games via SundayTicket U.
Once signed up, you can watch games on your computer via the NFL Sunday Ticket website, or you can watch on your phone, tablet or other streaming device via the NFL Sunday Ticket app, which is free to download on many different devices.
Watch On-Demand: NFL Game Pass
If you’re fine watching games on-demand, another option is NFL Game Pass Domestic, which allows you to watch replays of every NFL game for a fee of $99.99 for the season. No live games are available under this service, but you’ll be able to watch them following the conclusion of games for the day.
Once signed up, you can watch games on-demand on your computer via the NFL Game Pass website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the NFL Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on a handful of different devices.
If You’re Outside the United States & Mexico
If you’re not in the United States, surrounding territories, or Mexico, you can watch NFL games live via NFL Game Pass International. The cost of the package depends on which country you’re in.
Once signed up, you can watch games on your computer via the NFL Game Pass website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NFL Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on a handful of different devices.
The Saints defense came up big last week, forcing a fumble by Juju Smith-Schuster in a 31-28 overtime home victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which put the black and yellow’s season on life support. New Orleans’ offensive performances over the second half of the season have significantly slowed down while head coach Sean Payton has utilized Mark Ingram in a tandem with Alvin Kamara more. The defense has responded by matching the offense.
Backup Teddy Bridgewater, who New Orleans traded for during the preseason, will earn the start on Sunday. His first in over two years. As the team’s leader, Drew Brees is rallying his troops around Bridgewater and the idea of avenging last season’s disappointing Divisional Round playoff loss heading into January.
“You want to be the best that you can be when the playoffs arrive. I don’t think we’re worried about killing momentum or anything else because we’re not goofing around at practice. I mean, we’re taking practice serious, guys are getting the work done we need to get done. We’re going through the process, we’re going through our routine and preparing ourselves to play.”
Since starting 6-2, the Panthers have lost seven straight games, putting the future of head coach Ron Rivera and other players in serious doubt. The primary cause to the Panthers’ steep and sudden tailspin lies in the right shoulder of Cam Newton.
For weeks it was noticeable Cam was hiding, or attempting to disguise a serious shoulder injury by fighting through the pain. His on-field play was clearly hampered, and the organization finally made the move last week to shut him down which is now for the remainder of the season.
Panthers stud defensive tackle Kawaan Short will also be out for the team’s season finale. Short (calf) was one of the league’s best interior run defenders this year, and although it isn’t likely Ingram and Kamara play much, is still a blow to the Carolina defense looking to avoid a goose egg in the win column for the second half of the 2018 season.