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Want to watch the Arizona Cardinals take on the San Francisco 49ers? Here’s everything you need to stream Sunday’s afternoon game on Fox.
Winners of nine straight, the 49ers have looked like the best team in football the past two months. They have had the NFC West wrapped up for a few weeks now but still have something to play for in the final weekend. The 49ers can leapfrog the Eagles for the top spot in the conference and a first-round bye with a win against the Cardinals on Sunday coupled with an Eagles loss to the Giants. Kickoff in San Francisco is set for 1:25 p.m. PT (4:25 p.m. ET) on Fox.
The game will be shown on TV in the San Francisco and Arizona areas (according to 506 Sports) on services, but there may be cases where you’re blocked because of an internet location glitch or just want an added layer of . There is an option that doesn’t require subscribing to something like or , or searching the internet for a sketchy website: You can use a virtual private network, or .
Here’s how you can watch the game from anywhere in the US with a VPN.
Brock Purdy has been staking a strong claim in recent weeks to become the 49ers’ long-term starting QB.
For Week 18 of the NFL season, the 49ers host the Cardinals at 1:25 p.m. PT (4:25 p.m. ET) on Sunday. The game is set to take place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
If you find yourself unable to view the game locally due to , you may need a different way to watch the game and that’s where using a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to stop your ISP from throttling your speeds on game day by encrypting your traffic, plus it’s a great idea for when you’re traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network, and you want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.
With a VPN, you’re able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the game. So if your internet provider or mobile carrier has stuck you with an IP address that incorrectly shows your location in a blackout zone, a VPN can correct that problem by giving you an IP address in your correct, nonblackout area. Most VPNs, like our , make it really easy to do this.
Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in any country where VPNs are legal, including the US and Canada, as long as you’ve got a legitimate subscription to the service you’re streaming. You should be sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even where VPNs are legal, the streaming service may terminate the account of anyone it deems to be circumventing correctly applied blackout restrictions.
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ExpressVPN is our current best VPN pick for people who want a reliable and safe VPN, and it works on a variety of devices. It’s normally $13 per month, and you can sign up for ExpressVPN and save 49% plus get three months of access for free — the equivalent of $6.67 per month — if you get an annual subscription.
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This week’s Cardinals-49ers game is on Fox, so you’ll need a that carries a local Fox affiliate that’s broadcasting the game. The least expensive such service is Sling TV Blue.
Among the live TV streaming services that carry local Fox stations, the cheapest is Sling TV Blue at $40 per month.
One important caveat: In our experience, Fox local affiliates will only be available if your billing address is in one of the 18 metropolitan areas covered in Sling’s agreement. If you’re outside of one of these areas, you’re probably better off going with one of the alternate services listed below.
Numerous other carry local Fox stations as well, namely YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, DirecTV Stream and FuboTV. They all cost more than Sling TV, but they also carry more channels, including football-specific channels like Fox, ESPN, NFL Network and/or RedZone. Check out our for details.
For every game, we use a combination of ExpressVPN and either Paramount Plus (for CBS games) or Sling TV Blue (for Fox games). Using the maps on 506 Sports, we determine which servers are nearby and connect to one, then launch the streaming service and tune to the local CBS or Fox affiliate. If the channel comes through, it’s successful and we report the results above. We also screenshot the relevant program guide listing (see above) on either the local CBS affiliate’s website or Sling TV.
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