49ers vs. Packers: How to watch the game for free via live online stream

Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

There will be a free, legal online stream available for fans to watch Sunday's 49ers-Packers game. We break down how to watch. New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion! SB Nation 2014 NFL Playoff Coverage

The San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers Wild Card round game kicks off at 1:40 p.m. PT on Sunday, and the game will actually be available via free, live online stream. If you need a stream, you might have the opportunity to watch the game through FOX Sports Go. This is an app that provides live streaming of sporting events for FOX Sports. It is a new option, as the first event to use it was Friday's Cotton Bowl.

The game is nationally broadcast, but I know some people might not have access to the game for one reason or another. One downside to it is that it requires you to sign in through your cable provider. If you just do not have a television, you will not be able to sign in. Additionally, it is not for every cable provider. It appears to be limited to those with ATT U-verse, Xfinity, Optimum, Midcontinent, Suddenlink, and a couple other small sites.

FOX Sports is joining CBS and NBC in starting to provide more and more online access to football broadcasts. NBC has been doing it for Sunday Night Football for some time now. Last year, the Super Bowl was available via online stream on CBSSports.com.

CBSSports.com will join FOX in providing online broadcasts of their AFC playoff games, including Sunday's Chargers-Bengals contest. I believe NBC will provide their normal online stream as well, but I'm not positive.

One day we might finally get more legal online access to regular season games, but for now, this is at least a step in the right direction. If you get a chance to watch the game through these streams, let us know how it goes.

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