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How to watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington in an NFL Wild Card game

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to advance past the Washington Football Team during the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs Saturday, Jan. 9.
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to advance past the Washington Football Team during the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs Saturday, Jan. 9. (Image credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

It's Saturday night, you've got nowhere to go and you're trying to find out how to watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington in an NFL Wild Card game. You've come to the right place for that bit of information. 

NBC will air this game Saturday, Jan. 9 at 8:15 p.m. Eastern time from FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

The Washington Football Team (7-9) comes into this game having barely won the dumpster fire of a division that is the NFC East. They'll encounter the Buccaneers (11-5), a team loaded with talent and led by legendary quarterback Tom Brady.

Still trying to find ways to watch NBC? You'd best keep reading, then. 

How to watch Tampa Bay vs. Washington from anywhere

Though Saturday's game will be on NBC, you might find you're outside your usual viewing area and unable to use your usual service. A VPN might help you out. Essentially, a virtual private network can route all your traffic through a specific country. So if you're usually in the U.S. and otherwise would have watched the game on NBC but you're abroad, you can use a VPN to make it look like your computer is back at home. 

We recommend ExpressVPN. It's got a free trial, and it's super-easy to use on any of your devices. And it makes it possible to watch your favorite football team no matter where you are.

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How to watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington playoff game in the U.S.

Luckily for those foregoing cable and satellite, major streaming services offer your local channels as part of their packages. That means you can sign up for one, log in and find your local NBC station to watch the Buccaneers and Washington battle in this first-round game. 

And if you're a sports fan (it's pretty likely you are if you've read this far), you may want to consider FuboTV. It has plenty of sports content offerings, including ESPN, NFL Network and NBCSN. The Family Plan has about 115 channels and costs a competitive $65 per month, and it allows three simultaneous streams and 30 hours of cloud-based DVR. 

You can use FuboTV on popular devices like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku, along with other platforms, so you shouldn't have to worry about missing out. It also offers add-ons that include even more sports content and premium channels like Showtime and Starz.

If you're not sure if it's for you, you can test FuboTV with a free trial. 

Be sure to double-check that NBC is offered in your area by visiting the FuboTV website. See our full guide to FuboTV.

Tampa Bay vs. Washington Wild Card round preview

Tampa Bay and Washington come into the playoffs after undergoing major transformations. 

The Buccaneers, of course, welcomed Brady as their new quarterback after the 43-year-old left the Patriots, a team he led to six Super Bowl victories. Unlike others nearing the end of a long career, Brady didn't move to Florida to retire. Instead, he led the Bucs to 11 wins and a wild card berth despite some stumbles. 

The Bucs say star wide receiver Mike Evans is "day-to-day" after an injury and could still play against Washington.

Washington, meanwhile, dropped its offensive and much-maligned nickname ahead of this season, instead deciding to call themselves the "Football Team" for now. I'm sure that moniker hasn't caused any confusion for anyone. 

Anyway, Washington managed to win their division and earn a trip to the playoffs despite posting a record. It turns out that everyone else in their division just had a worse season than they did. 

But a bright spot for Washington has been its stout defense, including rookie defensive end Chase Young. 

Tampa Bay is heavily favored in this game, but Washington would probably like nothing more than to win and stop everyone (including me) from making NFC East jokes. (More like NFC Least, yeah?)

The full NFL wild-card weekend schedule

Here's the full look at who's playing on NFL wild-card weekend. (All times are Eastern.)

Saturday, Jan. 9

  • No. 7 Indianapolis Colts at No. 2 Buffalo Bills, 1:05 p.m., CBS
  • No. 6 L.A. Rams at No. 3 Seattle Seahawks, 4:40 p.m., Fox
  • No. 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 4 Washington, 8:15 p.m., NBC

Sunday, Jan. 10

  • No. 5 Baltimore Ravens at No. 4 Tennessee Titans, 1:05 p.m., ABC
  • No. 7 Chicago Bears at No. 2 New Orleans Saints, 4:40 p.m., CBS/Nickelodeon/Amazon Prime Video
  • No. 6 Cleveland Browns at No. 3 Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m., NBC