For the first time since they faced off in what turned out to be perhaps the most exciting Super Bowl ever played, the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots finally meet again in a game that will live stream on Sunday night — a contest that pits the best team in the AFC against the team with the second-best record in the NFC.
The Sunday Night game will mark the first time that the Patriots (7-1) and Seahawks (5-2) have met since February 1, 2015, when they clashed in Super Bowl 49, with the Patriots coming out on top thanks to a last-minute, goal-line interception by then-rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler.
Sunday’s game, featuring two of the NFL’s brightest quarterback stars in New England’s Tom Brady and Seattle’s Russell Wilson, is a big one for the league as well. With rating for televised NFL games — which is all of them — down all season, and 27 out of 28 prime-time games failing to equal ratings from the same time slots last season, the Super Bowl 49 rematch looks like the NFL’s marquee matchup of the season so far.
But the NFL also appears to have potentially undercut its own best chance to display the league at its best, thanks to some bizarre scheduling choices around the game.
“Why is the league getting these teams together on such a screwy schedule? The Seahawks are being forced to fly cross-country after playing Monday night, to face a Patriots team coming off a bye and playing at home,” wrote a writer in the Sports Illustrated Monday Morning Quarterback column. “I think, come January, we’ll be saying Seattle is the best team in the NFC. But asking them to play Monday night and then go 3,000 miles to play the league’s best team on five day’s rest? That’s too tall an order. The NFL is at risk of showing the public yet another primetime dud.”
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots Sunday Night Football game, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time, 5:30 p.m. Pacific, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Sunday, November 13.
Super Bowl 49 was the last meeting between the Seahawks and Patriots before Sunday, but it was the 17th overall, going back to the first game the two teams ever played, on October 9, 1977. The Patriots won that one in decisive fashion, 31-0. But until the Patriots razor-close Super Bowl victory, Seattle and New England had split their 16 previous meetings, 8-8.
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To watch a live stream of the Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots Sunday Night Football rematch of the classic Super Bowl 49, click on this link for streaming video from NBC Sports Live Extra, or download the NBC Sports Live Extra app to watch the game stream live on mobile devices. The NBC Sports streaming service is also available on set-top streaming boxes, including Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV.
Viewers will, however, require login credentials from a cable or satellite TV provider to watch the Seahawks vs. Patriots game live stream via NBC Sports Live Extra on line.
There is, however, a way to watch the NFL Sunday Night Football showdown stream live legally and for free without login credentials. This option requires only a brief signup for the Sling TV seven-day free trial subscription to the “over the top” internet TV service’s “Blue” package, which carries the NBC Network in select markets. The service costs a subscription fee of $25 per month, but can be canceled before the seven-day free trial period’s expiration without incurring any charges.
The NBC network is available via Sling TV “Blue” in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Hartford, Connecticut, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Diego, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia markets. To see if your location falls within one of these designated markets, see the interactive map available at this link.
To access the Sling “Blue” package and watch the Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots legally and for free, pay a visit to Sling TV by clicking on this link. The Sling TV app is available on mobile devices as well as set-top streaming boxes, as described above.
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